If you manufacture emissions-related aftermarket parts for highway vehicles, those parts will likely need to be tested to confirm that vehicles still meet applicable clean-air standards after the parts have been installed. Here is what you need to know:
Proposition 65 is a California law that gives consumers and their attorneys the ability to sue businesses that do not include warning labels on products containing chemicals associated with cancer and birth defects. If you are already familiar with the labeling requirements of Prop. 65, you know that it can be difficult to comply with the law and that compliance can be costly. It’s about to become worse. Products manufactured after August 30, 2018, will be subjected to updated regulations with more onerous labeling requirements. This article outlines what you need to know about the new requirements.
South Dakota—Special-Interest Vehicles: Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law a bill that increases the mileage limitation for special-interest vehicles from 6,000–7,500 miles per year, along with the option of putting personalized plates on the vehicles. A special-interest vehicle is a motor vehicle that is collected, preserved, restored or maintained by the owner as a leisure pursuit and is not used for general or commercial transportation.
Colorado—Emissions Inspection: A bill has been introduced to extend the emissions inspection cycle from two years to four years for ’82-and-newer model-year vehicles. It has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.
California OHV Recreation: A bill was introduced to eliminate the requirement that $833,000 collected from off-highway vehicle (OHV) taxes and fees be transferred to the state’s general fund rather than being deposited into the Off-Highway Vehicle Fund. The legislation is currently in the Assembly Transportation Committee.
California Ban on Combustion Engines: Legislation introduced in the California Assembly would require a transition to fully electric vehicles in the state by the year 2040. The bill would prohibit the Department of Motor Vehicles from accepting registration for new vehicles unless they meet the state’s “Zero Emission Vehicle” standard. An exemption has been made for vehicles weighing more than 10,000 lbs. and certain vehicles brought in from out of state.
Wisconsin Emissions: Legislation has been introduced in the Wisconsin Assembly to provide an emissions-testing exemption for vehicles that are at least 10 model years old. The SEMA-supported bill has been referred to the Transportation Committee. Under current law, the emissions-test exemption for older cars is restricted to ’95 and earlier vehicles.
Federal Recreation Advisory Committee: U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the creation of a Recreation Advisory Committee to help improve visitor experiences on public lands.
California Cleaning Product Labeling Law: Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation into law to require cleaning-product manufacturers to disclose all ingredients and “contaminants of concern” on the product label and the manufacturer’s website.
The laws and regulations that govern how SEMA members do business have a continuous impact on the way automotive specialty-equipment products are made, distributed and marketed. The charge of the SEMA government affairs office is to stay on top of all relevant state and federal legislation and regulations and advocate for industry positions to ensure the best possible outcome for our membership.