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MARYLAND BILL TO CREATE TIRE EFFICIENCY PROGRAM GAINS NO TRACTION

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. 

SEMA-MODEL CUSTOM VEHICLE LEGISLATION APPROVED BY TENNESSEE LEGISLATURE; MOVES TO GOVERNOR FOR SIGNATURE

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.

SUNDAY DRIVER: WEST VIRGINIA EXPANDS ANTIQUE VEHICLE USE

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. 

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

EPA ISSUES TOUGHER OZONE STANDARD

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.

SEMA-MODEL STREET-ROD/REPLICA VEHICLE BILL ON THE MOVE IN IOWA

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.

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