SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 8, February 20, 2014

West Virginia Bill to Permit Remote Starters Approved by Roads and Transportation Committee; Moves to Judiciary Committee

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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Under current West Virginia law, no person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle may permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key and effectively setting the brake.

Legislation to provide that a motor vehicle that has been started by use of a remote starter when the vehicle is locked is not an “unattended vehicle” and not in violation of the law was approved by the House Roads and Transportation Committee. Under current West Virginia law, no person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle may permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key and effectively setting the brake. The bill would ensure that a motor vehicle that has been started by use of a remote starter when the vehicle is locked is not an unattended vehicle, and owners would not be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine. The bill will now be considered by the House Judiciary Committee.

For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

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