SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 25, June 18, 2015

Nevada Bill to Restrict Hobby Car Registration Vetoed by Governor

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff   

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Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed legislation that would have altered the requirements for vehicles eligible for registration as classic vehicles, old timers, street rods and classic rods so that only vehicles manufactured prior to 1996 would be eligible.
   

Citing the opposition of SEMA, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval vetoed legislation that would have altered the requirements for vehicles eligible for registration as classic vehicles, old timers, street rods and classic rods so that only vehicles manufactured prior to 1996 would be eligible. In his statement rejecting the bill, the governor noted that it “. . . unnecessarily penalizes true Nevada car enthusiasts who might seek one of these plates for proper reasons.” The veto was also supported by several Nevada lawmakers who were contacted by SEMA after the legislature approved the bill.

While claiming to be targeted at current “abusers” of specialty plates who registered their vehicles under these designations to avoid emissions testing and fees, the bill instead targeted owners of ’96 and newer cars that are not even currently eligible for classic status. In seeking the veto, SEMA committed to working with the legislature going forward toward enacting fair legislation that will target the real offenders and not true collector-car owners who had done nothing to deserve this heavy-handed approach. 

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

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