A hearing on amended legislation to exempt all motor vehicles prior to the ’81 model year from the emissions inspection requirement was postponed until Monday, May 9, 2016.
Government Affairs News
Legislation that would, among other things, raise the gas tax by $0.12 per gallon, increase by $35 the annual vehicle registration fee, add a new $100 annual vehicle registration fee for zero-emissions motor vehicles and impose a new $35 annual road access charge on each vehicle was approved by the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Development Committee.
Legislation to extend the emissions-inspection exemption for new cars was approved by the Tennessee Legislature.
Legislation to exempt motor vehicles more than 35 years old from the requirement that they have a certificate of title was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Legislation to exempt all motor vehicles prior to the ’81 model year from emissions inspection requirements was approved by the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.
In an effort to protect U.S. companies against intellectual property theft, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed a SEMA-supported bill that enables companies to protect their trade secrets in federal court.
Late last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will withdraw a proposed rule that threatened the future of racing and modification equipment.
Earlier this year, nearly 170,000 racing enthusiasts and industry stakeholders rallied to tell the White House to stop an overreaching regulation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act is gaining Congressional support as race enthusiasts and industry stakeholders flood lawmakers’ offices on Capitol Hill with letters urging them to support the legislation.
The issue that sparked nearly 170,000 individuals in the racing industry to sign a White House petition earlier this year is NOT yet resolved. Even if the EPA removed the proposal in question, Congressional action is the only way to guarantee that street vehicles can continue to be modified for the track. Urge your legislators to support the RPM Act now: www.sema.org/rpm.
Thanks to the efforts of the National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil has again issued a proclamation designating July 2016 as “Automotive Heritage Month” in the province.
The province of British Columbia has again issued a proclamation designating July 9, 2016, as Collector Car Appreciation Day in the province.
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 the New Jersey State Assembly.
Legislation to exempt rare or historically significant vehicles from emissions-control requirements was approved by the Legislature.
Legislation to allow a camping or fifth-wheel trailer more than 25 years old to be permanently registered for a $25 fee was approved by the Missouri House.
Legislation that originally appeared to subject historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to undergo periodic safety inspections was approved by the Maryland Senate.
Legislation to require the Air Resources Board to expand the state’s program for the retirement and replacement of older passenger vehicles and light- and medium-duty trucks was approved by the Assembly Transportation Committee.
Legislation to expand the authorization of year-of-manufacture license plates to include owners of ’80 or older model-year vehicles will be considered by the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee.
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 will be considered by the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection.
Action, support for congressional bill more important than ever. ACT NOW!
SEMA recently submitted additional comments to the EPA urging the agency to withdraw its proposed rule that prohibits the conversion of street cars into vehicles used solely for competition.
The online magazine reports that the battle against the proposed changes to the Clean Air Act has taken a new turn.
Attorneys general from eight states recently voiced their concerns about a proposed rule that would “expand the (EPA)’s statutory jurisdiction under the Clean Air Act” to prohibit the conversion of street cars into dedicated racecars, noting that it was “contrary to the law and would reverse decades of practice by the (EPA).”
The Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act (RPM Act) is a Congressional bill that, if passed, will ensure that street vehicles can continue to be converted into racecars.
Legislation to provide for the issuance of special plates for use on collector vehicles and allow for the transfer of the plates between collector vehicles owned by a collector was vetoed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.