Government Affairs News

Posted on: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 4:54pm

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reviewed its rules, guides and interpretations under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act—the law governing warranties issued for consumer products, including automobiles and auto parts.

Posted on: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 4:51pm

Legislation to lower the property tax on many older vehicles died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 4:42pm

SEMA-supported legislation to ease the burden on car owners by requiring the state, upon the owner’s request, to issue titles for vehicles not currently required to be titled was signed into law by Governor Peter Shumlin.

Posted on: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 4:26pm

Citing the opposition of SEMA, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed legislation that would have altered the requirements for vehicles eligible for registration as classic vehicles, old timers, street rods and classic rods so that only vehicles manufactured prior to 1996 would be eligible.

Posted on: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 4:09pm

The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 196 (S. Res. 196) designating July 10, 2015, as Collector Car Appreciation Day.

Posted on: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 4:06pm

The U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 196 (S. Res. 196) designating July 10, 2015 as "Collector Car Appreciation Day."  The Resolution was requested by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) and its Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO) and Hot Rod Industry Alliance (HRIA) Councils.  The date marks the sixth commemoration in what has become an annual event to celebrate and raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. 

Posted on: Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 12:53pm

Legislation to provide for the issuance (for a $100 fee) of a single license plate for passenger cars that were not originally equipped with a front-plate bracket died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 12:42pm

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable low-volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide. Replica vehicles resemble classic cars produced at least 25 years ago.

Posted on: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 4:33pm

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) have introduced bipartisan legislation that would enable low volume car manufacturers to produce turn-key replica vehicles for customers nationwide. Replica vehicles resemble classic cars produced at least 25 years ago. Supported by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the "Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015" (H.R. 2675) would allow companies to construct up to 500 such cars a year subject to federal regulatory oversight.

Posted on: Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 5:38pm

Legislation to prohibit the sale of motor fuel with an ethanol mixture died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 5:35pm

Legislation to impose a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax on motor vehicles that travel 5,000 or more miles per year died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 5:30pm

Legislation to require new-car dealers to provide purchasers a written statement declaring it is illegal for manufacturers or dealers to void a warranty or deny coverage because aftermarket or recycled parts were installed or because someone other than the dealer performed service was approved by the legislature.

Posted on: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 4:52pm

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a proposed rule to define “motorcycle helmets” and thereby regulate novelty helmets (commonly referred to as “skullcaps” and “beanies”) that are sold and worn for highway use.

Posted on: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 4:50pm

Legislation to mandate payment of a “recoupment” surcharge of up to $95 died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 4:47pm

A bill to ban motor-vehicle exhaust systems that increase the noise level died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 11:10pm

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new version of its poster entitled, “Job Safety and Health – It's The Law!"

Posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 11:07pm

Legislation to require the issuance of only a single license plate died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 11:04pm

Legislation to require the motor vehicle commission to issue exempt certificates for motor vehicles not required to be inspected was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee.

Posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 11:02pm

Legislation to require the Department of Revenue to charge and collect a miles driven fee of up to $200 for a one-year vehicle registration and up to $400 for a two-year vehicle registration died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 10:58pm

Legislation to ease the burden on owners by requiring the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles, upon request, to issue titles for vehicles not currently required to be titled under Vermont law was approved by the legislature and sent to the governor for his signature and enactment into law.

Posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 3:32pm

SEMA-supported legislation directing the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to conduct a study on requirements for recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) proposed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) was passed by the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and awaits a vote before the full Senate.

Posted on: Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 3:29pm

The U.S. House of Representatives passed SEMA-supported legislation to renew the research and development (R&D) tax credit, which expired at the end of 2014.

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 10:46pm

House and Senate versions of legislation (H.B. 7075/S.B. 1186) to establish a pilot program to study the feasibility of implementing a system that charges drivers based on vehicle miles traveled died when the legislature adjourned for the year.

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 10:43pm

SEMA-supported legislation to include trucks more than 25 years old (regardless of weight) in the definition of eligible “antique motor vehicles” was signed into law by Governor Maggie Hassan.

Posted on: Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 10:39pm

Legislation to repeal the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by the House and Senate.

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