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SEMA News—March 2019

LEGISLATIVE AND TECHNICAL AFFAIRS

By Stuart Gosswein

  Law & OrderMichigan—Military Vehicles: Outgoing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a bill that would have allowed for the registration of a “military surplus vehicle” as an “historic vehicle.” “Historic vehicle” means a vehicle that is more than 25 years old, owned solely as a collector’s item and for participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades and similar uses, including mechanical testing, but not used for general transportation. Use of the vehicle during the month of August in each year is considered an exhibition. In announcing his decision to veto the legislation, Governor Snyder explained that military surplus vehicles were not manufactured for on-road use and should be restricted to off-road purposes.
   

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STATE UPDATE

Ohio—Military Vehicles: Legislation to allow High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV or HUMVEE) to be titled as “historical motor vehicles” passed the Ohio House. The term refers to a vehicle owned solely as a collector’s item and for participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades and similar uses but not used for general transportation. Under current law, HUMVEES are not able to be titled for any on-road use in the state. Legislation is currently awaiting committee assignment in the Ohio Senate.

Ohio—Tires: Outgoing Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law a bill that defines unsafe used tires and prohibits their installation. An unsafe used tire would have a tread depth of under 2/32-in.; damage that exposes inner components, such as body plies and steel belts; improper repairs; or missing its U.S. Department of Transportation identification number. At least 30 million used tires are estimated to be sold in the United States each year.

FEDERAL UPDATE

V2V Communications: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requested public comments on technologies available to assist in connecting vehicles to other vehicles (V2V), infrastructure (V2I) and pedestrians (V2P). These communications are collectively known as V2X. In recent years, the DOT has focused on Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) technology as it establishes standardized performance requirements for V2V messages operating in the 5.9GHz band. Since DOT wants new technologies to compete on an even playing field, it is seeking public comments on Cellular-V2X, 5G New Radio and any other technologies that are being developed for the same purpose. The DOT has posed a number of questions such as: What are the advantages and disadvantages of each technology? What is the timeframe for deployment of technologies not yet in production? Can all of the technologies operate in the same spectrum without interference? Will it be possible for the technologies to be interoperable (e.g., DSRC vehicles speaking with C-V2X vehicles)? What are the cybersecurity concerns for each technology, especially if they are interoperable?

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