Last week, the budget committees in the California Legislature voted to provide more staff to the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) Aftermarket Parts Division.
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The U.S. government has launched an investigation into whether extra-large steel wheels imported from China are being dumped or illegally subsidized.
The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published a list of about 1,300 product categories covering nearly $50 billion worth of U.S. imports from China that could be subject to a proposed 25% tariff.
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California Ban on Combustion Engines: Legislation introduced in the California Assembly would require a transition to fully electric vehicles in the state by the year 2040. The bill would prohibit the Department of Motor Vehicles from accepting registration for new vehicles unless they meet the state’s “Zero Emission Vehicle” standard. An exemption has been made for vehicles weighing more than 10,000 lbs. and certain vehicles brought in from out of state.
SEMA-member companies are concerned over higher prices for steel and aluminum because of tariffs imposed globally.
A bill has been introduced in Wisconsin that would allow half-track former military vehicles to be registered as special-interest vehicles.
Governor Gary Hebert signed pro-hobby legislation into a law.
Governor Gary Herbert signed into law pro-hobby legislation to increase funds used for off-highway vehicle (OHV) infrastructure.
Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law a bill that increases the mileage limitation for special-interest vehicles from 6,000 to 7,500 miles per year, along with the option of putting personalized plates on the vehicles.
A bill has been introduced in the Rhode Island House of Representatives that would take the same approach on window tinting as Massachusetts.
The Oklahoma House passed a bill that allows for the titling of high-mobility multipurpose vehicles although the vehicles are not permitted on interstate highways.
WASHINGTON, DC (March 28, 2018) – The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has joined forces with other U.S. manufacturers warning President Trump and the U.S. Congress that newly-enacted tariffs have the potential to harm American companies, workers, and consumers. SEMA member companies are concerned over higher prices for steel and aluminum because of tariffs imposed globally.
The amount of off-road riding areas at Oceano Dunes will be reduced under a settlement agreement reached between the California State Parks Department and the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District.
The Small Business Committees for both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed legislation directing leadership at the Small Business Administration (SBA), U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to collaborate and develop a small business intellectual property (IP) protection training program.
Several bills introduced in West Virginia in 2018 failed to be enacted into law before the legislature adjourned for the session.
A bill has been introduced in the Missouri House 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.
Legislation has been introduced in both the Minnesota House and Senate to help create and protect well-managed off-road vehicle (ORV) trails.
The Idaho House and Senate approved a bill allowing a vehicle built for the United States Armed Forces to be registered and operated on public highways in Idaho, even if such a vehicle does not meet federal motor vehicle safety standards.
President Trump recently directed the United States to collect a 25% tariff on all covered steel imports and a 10% tariff on all covered aluminum imports starting on March 23, 2018.
President Trump has directed the U.S. government to levy tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods to punish China for the theft of intellectual property (IP) and to address the trade deficit.
A bill to establish a State Trail Authority within the West Virginia Development Office has been passed by the Senate and sent to the House Rules Committee.
The Virginia Senate approved a bill that would allow qualifying military vehicles to be registered and operated on public roadways.
A bill allowing window tinting that met the minimum standard of 25% light transmittance died as the Utah legislature adjourned.
A bill has been introduced in the Michigan Senate to allow for the attachment of a tow ball, bicycle rack, removable hitch or any other device designed to carry an object on the rear of a vehicle, even if it obstructs the rear license plate.