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NORTH CAROLINA INTRODUCES REPLICA VEHICLE BILL

A version of SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for replica vehicles has been introduced in the North Carolina Senate. Under the bill, replicas are defined as motor vehicles sold unassembled and manufactured from a kit that, when assembled, replicate an earlier year, make and model vehicle. The bill allows replica vehicles to be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation the body of the vehicle most closely resembles.

For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

DELAWARE ENACTS LAW TO EXEMPT STREET RODS FROM INSPECTIONS

SEMA-supported legislation to exempt street rods from the state’s regular safety inspections was approved by the Delaware State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ruth Ann Minner. Under an agreement reached with state regulators, the registration and titling process will be changed administratively to allow street rods to be assigned a registration and titling designation bearing the same model year that the body of the vehicle resembles.

For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

CONTROVERSIAL WASHINGTON WILDERNESS BILL APPROVED BY CONGRESS

Congress has approved legislation designating 106,000 acres in Washington state’s Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest as wilderness. President Bush is expected to sign the bill into law. SEMA and the off-highway vehicle (OHV) community opposed the bill and supported an alternative version to preserve existing roads and trails on about 13,000 acres of the land. By law, wilderness areas generally prohibit roads and the use of motorized vehicles.

KENTUCKY ENACTS LAW TO CREATE TITLES FOR PROJECT CARS

SEMA-supported legislation to create classic motor-vehicle project titles was approved by the Kentucky State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear. The new law applies to vehicles at least 25 years old, not road-worthy and currently without a title or with a title from another state. Under the law, a classic motor-vehicle project title would prohibit the use of vehicles bearing these titles on the highway but, once restored, a regular title could be issued.

For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

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