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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.

FLORIDA ACTS TO PROVIDE A COMMERCIAL MOTOR-VEHICLE EXEMPTION FOR HOBBYISTS

SEMA-supported legislation to provide an exemption from the regulations governing commercial motor carriers to vehicles occasionally transporting personal property to a motorsports facility was approved by the Florida State Legislature. Under federal law, any commercial vehicle operating in interstate commerce required to obtain a USDOT number must abide by established safety regulations.

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.

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