Law & Order

Maine Bill to Further Restrict Suspension Modifications Fails

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff 

Working with a group of Maine businesses, SEMA successfully opposed legislation that would have required the State Police to authorize a person to modify a vehicle by lifting its suspension. The bill was not approved by the Maine Joint Transportation Committee.

Under the measure, the owner or operator of a motor vehicle with a lifted suspension would have been required to obtain a certificate from the State Police and present it to an inspection mechanic at the time of inspection. SEMA argued that Maine already has established lift limits and that there was no accident data, engineering evaluations or other empirical evidence indicating a need for more stringent regulation, including increased oversight by the State Police.

Further, the bill gave no sense of the criteria the State Police would establish for allowing installers to qualify to perform these modifications. 

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