Clarification to Maryland Bill to Revise Historic Vehicle Registration Requirements

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

Amendments to a Maryland bill will provide specific use of historic vehicles for maintenance purposes.

In a conversation with the Maryland State Police, SEMA has learned that legislation to revise the state’s historic vehicle registration requirements is only intended to subject historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to equipment-repair orders. These repair orders would be issued only for vehicle safety equipment that is in disrepair and would require a subsequent inspection to determine that the repair had been effected. The bill does not subject these vehicles to periodic inspections as previously believed.

Amendments are being drafted to clarify any misconceptions of the intent. The bill would still prohibit the use of historic vehicles for employment, transportation to employment or school and for commercial purposes. However, the amendments will provide specific use for maintenance purposes. Use for employment, school and commercial purposes were always generally understood to be prohibited under the current law.  

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