SEMA eNews Vol. 11, No. 24, June 12, 2008

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.

These regulations include, among other things, keeping a daily log book, certain safety training, vehicle inspections and annual log reviews. Federal policy applies an exemption from the regulations to transportation of personal property if not done for compensation nor in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise and corporate sponsorship is not involved. The Florida bill codifies this exemption into state statute. The measure awaits action by Governor Charlie Crist before becoming law. 

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

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