SEMA again helped defeat Maryland legislation requiring the development of a statewide program to mandate that replacement tires for passenger cars meet fuel efficiency standards. The replacement tire efficiency program was anti-consumer, anti-small business, and would have required a substantial appropriation. This year’s version of the bill also included a credit against the excise tax for specified fuel-efficient vehicles.
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The Tennessee State Legislature has approved a version of SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration and titling classification for custom vehicles. The bill defines a custom-built car as a vehicle that is built for private use and is not constructed by a licensed manufacturer or remanufacturer.
SEMA-supported legislation to create classic motor vehicle project titles for vehicles at least 25-years old, not road-worthy, and currently without a title or with a title from another state, was approved by the Kentucky State Legislature.
SEMA-supported legislation that would amend state law governing antique motor vehicles to expand their permissible use was approved by the West Virginia state Legislature and signed into law by Governor Joe Manchin.
A version of SEMA-model legislation (H.F. 2452) that would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and replica vehicles was approved by the Iowa State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Chet Culver. H.F.
A version of SEMA-model legislation (H.B. 365) to create a state motor-vehicle definition for replica vehicles and allow these vehicles to meet only the equipment and emissions standards in effect for the model year and vehicle being replicated was approved by the Idaho State Legislature and signed into law by Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter.
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SEMA-supported legislation that would amend state law governing antique motor vehicles to expand their permissible use was approved by the West Virginia House and Senate and signed into law. Under the previous law, use of antique vehicles was strictly limited to club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, testing, obtaining repairs and for recreational purposes. This bill would increase weekend use to begin on Fridays at 12:00 p.m. and extend through Monday at 12:00 p.m.
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that the current ozone standard of 84 parts per billion is insufficient and must be tightened to 75 ppb in order to adequately protect public health. Industry had generally lobbied that the standard remain the same since 85 counties across the nation are still struggling to comply with the 84 ppm rule.
A version of SEMA-model legislation that would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and replica vehicles was approved by the Iowa House Transportation Committee and will soon be brought to the floor of the House for a vote by all members. The bill defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 or a vehicle designed to resemble a vehicle manufactured before 1949.