Maryland Historic Vehicles: In a conversation with the Maryland State Police, SEMA has learned that legislation to revise the state’s historic-vehicle registration requirements is only intended to subject historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to equipment repair orders. These repair orders would be issued only for vehicle safety equipment that is in disrepair and would require a subsequent inspection to determine that the repair had been effected. The bill does not subject these vehicles to periodic inspections, as previously believed.
“Revolutionary—that’s the easiest way to describe it,” said Lance Stander. As the CEO of Superformance, Stander knows a thing or two about replica vehicles. What has him so excited? A new law championed by SEMA and industry-friendly lawmakers in Congress that makes it easier to manufacture replica cars in the United States.
The year 2015 marked the dawn of a new era for the kit-car industry. A provision included in the highway bill now enables low-volume car manufacturers to each produce and sell up to 325 turn-key replica vehicles in the United States and a total of 5,000 worldwide under a simplified regulatory system.
Legislation has been prefiled in Missouri to exempt from sales tax vehicles at least 10 years old with a sales price under $15,000. A separate prefiled bill provides for the parking of unlicensed vehicles on private property if the vehicle is parked within the boundaries of the property, is parked on a surface generally considered to be suitable for parking and is not supported by any device other than its own wheels and tires, except for the limited purpose of repairing the vehicle for a period not to exceed 72 hours.
Wisconsin Collector Vehicle Appreciation Day: An Assembly Joint Resolution was introduced to annually designate the second Friday in July as Collector Vehicle Appreciation Day in the state. Six years ago, in an effort to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society, SEMA announced the second Friday in July as an annual commemoration of collector vehicles. The next Collector Car Appreciation Day will be celebrated on July 8, 2016.
Legislation to allow an owner of a motor vehicle that is subject to the smog-check program to pay a $200 smog abatement fee in lieu of passing a smog test was not considered by committee before the legislature adjourned for the year.
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 relevant state and federal legislation and regulations and advocate industry positions to ensure the best possible outcome for the membership. The following are just a few examples of critical legislative/regulatory successes the SEMA government affairs team was involved in this year.
The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is debuting a home-built ’31 Ford Model A hot rod at its 2015 SEMA Show display.
Pennsylvania Ethanol: A legislative proposal to remove the requirement that gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol was approved on a 23–3 vote by the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. The state currently requires that “all gasoline sold or offered for sale to ultimate consumers in this Commonwealth must contain at least 10% cellulosic ethanol by volume….” After a stop in the Appropriations Committee, the bill will be considered in a vote by all members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
California labeling: SEMA-opposed legislation to require manufacturers of certain automotive products to include all ingredients on the product label and online on the manufacturer’s website was put in the inactive file. The bill had been approved by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee and Appropriations Committee.
SEMA has sought to protect motorized recreation on public lands for decades—with good reason. SEMA’s mission is to protect enthusiasts from unreasonable government actions that threaten their rides, whether on the highway or backcountry trails. It’s also harder to market off-road products when there are fewer places to enjoy them.