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UPDATE NEW YORK: STREET RODS/CUSTOMS, GRILLE GUARDS, HISTORIC FEES, SPINNERS, TIRES

With the close of the 2007 legislative session in New York, following is a status update of important legislation:

Street Rods/Customs: SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles was introduced in both the New York Assembly and Senate. Neither bill received a committee hearing before the legislature adjourned for the year.

BILL TO REPEAL 25-YEAR ROLLING EMISSIONS EXEMPTION DEFEATED IN TEXAS

SEMA-opposed legislation that would have repealed the state's 25-year rolling emissions exemption was defeated in conference committee. The defeated Senate amendment would have repealed the exemption and replaced it with a provision requiring all vehicles '80 and newer to be tested for the remainder of the vehicle's life.

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

 

EPA PROPOSES TOUGHER OZONE STANDARD

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that current regulations to reduce ozone air pollution are insufficient. The agency issued a proposed rule to tighten the standard from 0.08 parts per million, averaged over eight hours, to around 0.07 ppm. The EPA may even reconsider whether to set limits to 0.06 ppm as had been recommended by the agency's Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.

CONNECTICUT EXEMPTS COMPOSITE VEHICLES FROM EMISSIONS TESTS

SEMA-supported legislation to exempt composite vehicles from emissions inspections was signed into law by Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell. Under current Connecticut law, composite vehicles are those constructed from the component parts of two or more motor vehicles of different model year or vehicle type. 

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

DELAWARE INTRODUCES SEMA-MODEL STREET-ROD TITLING/REGISTRATION BILL

SEMA-model legislation to amend the vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods was introduced in Delaware. Under the bill, a street rod is defined as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949. Importantly, replica street rods would be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model-year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble.

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

 

BILL TO RESTRICT LAND-USE GOES DOWNHILL IN MINNESOTA

Working with state off-road enthusiasts, SEMA helped defeat a bill that sought to restrict modified 4x4 trucks to minimally maintained roads and to the area specifically designated for their use. The legislation defined 4x4 trucks as four-wheeled motor vehicles manufactured to operate on public roads and subsequently modified with special tires, suspension or other equipment.

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

 

CALIFORNIA BILL TO REQUIRE ANNUAL EMISSIONS TESTS FOR VEHICLES 15 YEARS OLD AND OLDER PASSES ASSEMBLY; MOVES TO SENATE

California legislation (AB 616) to require annual smog-check inspections for vehicles 15 years old and older has been approved by the California Assembly and has been sent to the Senate for consideration. The bill would also require that funds generated through the additional inspection fees be deposited into an account which can be used to scrap older cars. You may recall that in 2004, a new law was enacted in California to require the lifetime testing of all '76 and newer model-year vehicles. Pre-'76 motor vehicles would remain exempt under AB 616.

NEW ANTI-COUNTERFEITING INITIATIVE UNVEILED

SEMA and other members of the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP) unveiled a comprehensive agenda to address intellectual property theft. The CACP is a coalition of more than 300 businesses and associations working together with the U.S. government to address the threat of counterfeiting and piracy. The six-part plan calls on Congress to strengthen legal protection and increase resources to ensure effective enforcement. Many of the recommendations are already incorporated in legislation being considered by Congress.

Highlights of the plan include:

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