In the halls of Congress, success is often directly related to the size of your rolodex. The more friends you have in your corner, the more likely you are to get things accomplished. With the automotive specialty aftetmarket industry continuing to grow, having a powerful voice in the nation’s capital is critical to keeping that engine running smoothly. Thanks to the Congressional Automotive Performance and Motorsports Caucus, the industry is connected with some of the most important contacts in Washington—the politicians.
Government Affairs News
Delaware Governor John Carney signed into law a bill easing the process of registering a street rod by favorably changing the existing age and equipment requirements. The new law amends the definition of street rod from a vehicle manufactured before ’70 to one 25 years old or older. The law also removes the requirement that a street rod’s tires be covered by fenders.
President Trump directed that 25% tariffs already being imposed on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods be increased to 30% on October 1.
The U.S. Trade Representative announced that the imposition of 10% tariffs on some Chinese goods scheduled to take effect on September 1 would be postponed until December 15, 2019.
The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has processed some requests to be excluded from the 25% tariffs imposed on August 23, 2018, on $16 billion worth of products from China.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued final certification procedures for receiving an Executive Order (EO) for new light-duty engine packages installed in new light-duty specially-produced motor vehicles (SPMVs).
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a proposed management plan and final environmental impact statement for the Bears Ears National Monument (BENM).
Legislation (H.B. 1711) has been introduced in Pennsylvania that would allow the sale of limited-edition ’50s- and ’60s-style heritage license plates.
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) sent President Trump the results of its investigation on whether imported automobiles and auto parts pose a threat to U.S. national security. A decision on whether to impose tariffs, originally due in May, was postponed until November. President Trump wanted to give U.S. negotiators six months to reach new trade agreements with the European Union and Japan.
It should come as no surprise that new proposals threatening cars and trucks can be of significant concern to automotive enthusiasts, who face the task of customizing and preserving classic cars while staying within evolving legal limits. History has shown that even well-intended bills can have a detrimental effect on the automotive community—but it’s also true that focused constituent awareness can often make a difference.