Law & Order

North Dakota Vehicle Modifications Bill Amended and Approved by Transportation Committee

A bill in the North Dakota State Legislature to severely restrict the modification of any motor vehicle that alters the manufacturer's original suspension, steering or brake system has been amended and approved by the House Transportation Committee. At the insistence of SEMA and the North Dakota hobbyist community, among the provisions that were deleted from the bill are those requiring the state highway patrol to issue an inspection certificate for all modifications (without indicating objective criteria that would be used to determine which modifications are legal) and requiring fenders on all vehicles regardless of whether or not they were originally manufactured with this equipment. 

The bill will next be considered by the full House of Representatives. For details, contact Steve McDonald at