Washington State Bill to Increase Fees for Collector Cars and Horseless Carriages Defeated

SEMA-opposed legislation to require annual renewal fees for collector vehicle and horseless carriage license plates will not receive committee consideration this year. Under the bill, the initial $35 license plate fee for these vehicles would have remained and a new annual $30 renewal fee would have been added. Under Washington law, a collector vehicle is any motor vehicle that is more than 30 years old, while a horseless carriage is defined as a vehicle that is more than 40 years old. House Transportation Committee Chair Judy Clibborn indicated that the legislation was introduced in response to a concern regarding possible abuse of people using their collector cars on a daily basis and avoiding fees.

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