The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued guidelines intended to limit the risk of driver distraction from in-vehicle electronic devices that are not directly applicable to driving a car. These voluntary guidelines do not have the effect of law and would apply to original equipment installed in new light-duty vehicles.
Working with Nevada lawmakers, SEMA amended legislation that originally threatened to add abandoned, unregistered, inoperable or junk motor vehicles to the list of items that constitute a public nuisance.
SEMA is supporting legislation to reduce the annual vehicle registration fees for automobiles and light trucks.
Legislation to approve a regulation allowing off-road vehicles to operate on trails included in the Hatfield-McCoy Recreation Area has been approved by the West Virginia legislature and is now awaiting the governor’s signature and enactment into law.
SEMA is opposing South Carolina legislation to increase biennial registration fees for motor vehicles. The bill would increase the registration fees for private passenger vehicles, excluding trucks, from $24 to $36 for persons under age 65.
SEMA-opposed legislation to increase property taxes paid by owners of antique motor vehicles died when the West Virginia legislature adjourned for the year.
Legislation to repeal the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved by the House of Representatives on a 77–39 vote.
SEMA has endorsed a proposal by Rep. Paul Cook (R-CA) that would end a five-year debate on how to expand the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) base at Twentynine Palms, California.