The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has directed automakers to install rearview camera systems by 2018 on all new vehicles weighing less than 10,000 lbs.
Government Affairs News
Legislation to establish a pilot program administered by the Department of Transportation to impose a vehicle mileage user fee was introduced in Minnesota.
Legislation to authorize the owner of a vintage vehicle to keep the permanent vintage tag, but pay regular license taxes and registration fees for the privilege of operating the vehicle for general transportation purposes has been introduced in the Alabama Senate.
Legislation to provide for a program that will allow classic car status to be determined from nationally recognized standards and guides was approved by the Minnesota House Transportation Policy Committee.
Legislation to expand the range of vehicles eligible to use original year-of-manufacture license plates on antique motor vehicles was approved by the New Hampshire House Transportation Committee.
SEMA-supported legislation to allow counties to exempt owners of antique motor vehicles from the privilege tax was signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam.
Legislation to annually designate the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the second weekend in July as "Louisiana Collector Car Appreciation" weekend was approved by the House Judiciary Committee.
A U.S. appeals court has overturned last July’s district court ruling that the Federal Reserve improperly inflated the fees banks and card companies are allowed to charge retailers when their customers swipe debit cards. The fees are currently set at $0.21 per transaction plus $0.01–$0.03 more to cover fraud prevention and other adjustments.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1459, the “Ensuring Public Involvement in the Creation of National Monuments Act.” Introduced by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) and supported by SEMA, the bill would require a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) study for any national monument designations more than 5,000 acres.
Several pro-hobby bills introduced in West Virginia in 2014 failed to be approved by both houses of the legislature prior to the adjournment of the session.
Legislation (H.B. 2362) in the Washington State House of Representatives to require the issuance of only a single license plate for vehicles that do not include a front mounting bracket died when the legislature adjourned for the year.
Legislation (H.B. 1220) to prohibit a person from selling or offering for sale gasoline that contains corn-based ethanol as an additive at a level greater than 10% was amended and approved by the New Hampshire House Science, Technology and Energy Committee.
A bill, supported by SEMA, to exempt collectible vehicles of any age from emissions testing was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. Having already been approved by the House, the bill now moves to the Senate floor for a vote by all members.
Legislation to allow counties to exempt owners of antique motor vehicles from the privilege tax was approved by the Tennessee House and Senate.
Legislation to amend the state’s current law defining historical motor vehicles to permit their use on public roads to and from a location where maintenance is performed was signed into law by Governor John Kasich.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued tougher tailpipe and evaporative emissions standards known as “Tier 3.” Reduced tailpipe emissions standards for particulate matter, non-methane organic gases and nitrogen oxides will be phased-in between 2017 and 2025, and the useful life period will be raised from 120,000 miles to 150,000 miles.
Leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, the primary tax-writing committee in Congress, have released recommendations for rewriting the American tax code.
The White House announced progress on a series of initiatives intended to strengthen the patent system, make it easier for small businesses to file applications and combat patent trolls. Among other actions, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is drafting regulations to make recorded patent owner information more transparent to the public.
Legislation to exempt historic military vehicles from the requirement that they display a license plate unless the vehicle was originally manufactured with lighting and mounting provisions for a plate was approved by the full House of Representatives.
Legislation to amend the state’s current law defining historical motor vehicles to permit their use on public roads to and from a location where maintenance is performed was approved by the full House of Representatives.
The United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that pits one dozen states and a number of industrial groups against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on whether the agency has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases from stationary sources.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has compiled a technical report evaluating the fatality-reducing effectiveness of curtain and side airbags in the front seats of light-duty vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will hold a public meeting March 12 in Washington, D.C., on developing guidelines covering aftermarket devices that risk driver distraction.
Legislation to provide that a motor vehicle that has been started by use of a remote starter when the vehicle is locked is not an “unattended vehicle” and not in violation of the law was approved by the House Roads and Transportation Committee.
SEMA-supported legislation to exempt collectible vehicles of any age from emissions testing was approved by the Washington State House of Representatives.