Law & Order

California Congresswoman Advocates for NHTSA to Complete Replica Car Rule


By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

Automotive enthusiasts and replica car companies alike are eager for the Biden Administration to approve a rule allowing the sale of completed replica cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a rule during the last days of the Trump Presidency that must be finalized before the SEMA-led replica car law takes effect.

U.S. Representative Norma Torres (D-CA) shares SEMA’s desire to see the replica car law finalized so that manufacturers can begin production and start hiring workers. Rep. Torres recently asked U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg to give special consideration to finalizing the replica car rulemaking at a U.S. House Appropriations Committee hearing.

Rep. Torres, who previously toured the SEMA Garage, shares SEMA’s passion for classic vehicles, as she enjoys driving a ’66 Ford Mustang that her husband Louis restored (he’s currently fixing up a classic Ford truck).

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