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.
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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.
For most of the country’s automotive enthusiasts, drilling holes into the front bumper of a prized possession is both a sad and unavoidable occurrence. To them, the legal mandate to equip a license plate on their front bumper is like painting a mustache on the Mona Lisa.
President Trump announced that he will impose 10% tariffs on September 1 on the remaining $300 billion worth of Chinese goods not already subject to 25% tariffs.
While there are more than a few automotive enthusiasts in Congress, the zeal of U.S. Representative Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) for the hobby and collection of classic vehicles puts him in a class by himself. LaMalfa started wrenching on cars during his formative years, and his passion for buying and personalizing vehicles continued to grow during the following decades.
After more than a decade of exemplary service as the chairman of the industry’s legislative watchdog, SEMA PAC Chairman Doug Evans has officially handed over the reins to John Hotchkis of Hotchkis Performance.