Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 9:22am

Legislation to provide for the issuance of special plates for use on collector vehicles and allow for the transfer of the special plates temporarily between the collector motor vehicles owned by a collector was introduced in West Virginia.

Posted on: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 9:19am

Legislation that would amend the state’s current law governing historic motor vehicles to permit their use for pleasure driving one day per week has been reintroduced in New Jersey.

Posted on: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 9:16am

Legislation has been introduced in the New Jersey State Senate to require the issuance of only a single license plate for motor vehicles.

Posted on: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 9:13am

A version of SEMA-model legislation that would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and replica custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was reintroduced in the New Jersey Assembly.

Posted on: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 9:05am

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) plans to require installation of vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology in new cars. A wireless chip would allow connected cars to communicate over a special wireless frequency called Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC).

Posted on: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 2:14pm

Major trade organizations representing automakers, independent repair chains and retailers reached an agreement to end a dispute regarding standardized access to onboard diagnostic (OBD) service repair information.

Posted on: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 2:10pm

Identical legislation has been introduced in the Tennessee House and Senate to allow counties to exempt owners of antique motor vehicles from the privilege tax.

Posted on: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 2:07pm

Legislation to exempt collectible vehicles of any age from emissions testing will be considered by the Washington State House Environment Committee, Friday, January 31, 2014.

Posted on: Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 2:02pm

SEMA is opposing Hawaii legislation to require official inspection stations to test vehicles to determine if their exhaust systems “emit noise noticeably greater than that emitted by the vehicle as equipped from the factory.”

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:20pm

Legislation has been introduced in the West Virginia Senate to exempt motor vehicles, including automobiles, motorcycles, airplanes, trucks and tractors that are older than 25 years from personal property taxes. Under the bill, these automobiles and motorcycles would need to display valid current antique licenses and could not be used for daily transportation.

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:17pm

Legislation to provide counties with the authority to remove from private property motor vehicles deemed to be a “nuisance” was considered by the House Local Government Committee, January 21, 2014.

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:14pm

Legislation has been introduced in the Washington House of Representatives to require the issuance of only a single license plate for vehicles that do not include a front mounting bracket as manufactured.

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:10pm

Legislation to exempt reconstructed vehicles that are more than 25 years old from emissions testing was passed by the Delaware House and was considered by the Senate Public Safety Committee on January 22, 2014.

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:07pm

Legislation has been introduced in Kentucky to change the valuation procedure on vehicles registered in the state for purposes of the property tax. The bill would value “newer vehicles” at the higher "clean trade-in" value instead of the lower "average trade-in" value at which they are currently assessed.

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 1:03pm

Legislation to require the issuance of only a single license plate for historic vehicles and street rods will be considered by the Maryland House Environmental Matters Committee, Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Currently, only motorcycles, tractors and trailers can operate with a single plate.  

Posted on: Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 12:58pm

Legislation to exempt collectible vehicles of any age from emissions testing was introduced in Washington state. The bill will be considered by the House Environment Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:38am

Legislation to expand the range of model-year vehicles eligible to use original year-of-manufacture license plates on antique motor vehicles was introduced in New Hampshire. Currently, only ’60 and earlier model-year antique vehicles are eligible to use these plates.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:34am

Legislation that would allow state antique vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket exhaust systems has been introduced in Virginia. Currently, all vehicles are required to have exhaust systems of a type installed as standard factory equipment, or comparable to that designed for use on the particular vehicle as standard factory equipment.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:31am

SEMA is supporting legislation in the Maryland House of Delegates to require the issuance of only a single license plate for historic vehicles and street rods.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:27am

A bill has been reintroduced in the West Virginia State Legislature to provide owners of antique motor vehicles with an exemption from taxation and fees.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:19am

SEMA-supported legislation that prohibits a person from selling or offering for sale gasoline that contains corn-based ethanol as an additive at a level greater than 10% was introduced in New Hampshire.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:16am

SEMA-model legislation that would allow West Virginia’s vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was reintroduced in the West Virginia State Legislature.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 7:11am

You may be fed up with political antics in Washington, but there’s a lot happening in our nation’s capital that affects your bottom line. SEMA’s Political Action Committee (SEMA PAC) helps you keep pace by supporting the congressional car guys and gals who understand the importance of what you do.

Posted on: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 6:58am

Pursuing a pro-growth manufacturing and job-creation agenda, creating access to small business loans and credit, finding affordable health insurance options for employees, countering burdensome vehicle equipment regulations, preventing higher ethanol content in gasoline and combating counterfeit products.  These are just a few of the political issues facing SEMA members during this critical election year.

Posted on: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 4:27pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a technical report evaluating the effectiveness of pretensioners and load limiters for seat belts in the front seats of light-duty vehicles (LTVs).

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