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SEMA News—February 2016


By Steve McDonald

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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. As it has in years past, SEMA is again working to secure a U.S. Senate resolution to recognize the day’s significance. In the previous six years, thousands of Americans have gathered at car cruises, parades and other events to celebrate our nation’s automotive heritage. By taking part in these events around the country, these automotive enthusiasts and related businesses have ensured that their passion was honored and recognized.

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New Jersey Tire Safety: A resolution is being considered to designate the week of May 24 through May 30 as Tire Safety Week in New Jersey. The measure calls on the governor to issue a proclamation encouraging public officials, the tire industry and citizens of the state to observe a week with appropriate activities and programs that educate motorists on proper tire care and maintenance. According to the resolution, the timely replacement of aging and worn tires, purchasing the correct tires, staying informed of tire manufacturer recalls, and staying current with routine tire maintenance can reduce motor vehicle accidents attributed to tire failure. Additionally, routine tire maintenance can save motorists money while having a positive impact on the environment, as driving properly inflated tires allows motorists to get better fuel economy and longer tire life.

Wisconsin Fuel Tax: Legislation has been introduced to allow a municipality to enact an ordinance to impose a sales and use tax on the sale or use of motor vehicle fuel. Under the bill, the municipality would be required to use the tax revenue for transportation purposes. In addition, the tax rate could not exceed 5% of the sales price.


Emergency Braking Systems: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) added two automatic emergency braking systems to its list of recommended safety features as part of its five-star New Car Assessment Program. The so-called “Stars on Cars” label is posted on the new-car window and seeks to provide consumers with safety information when comparison shopping. The five-star rating system reflects performance tests for frontal, side and roll-over crashworthiness. It also includes information on whether autos have advanced safety features, such as lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems. The emergency “imminent braking” and “dynamic braking” systems are found on many new vehicles. They sense an impending crash and apply the brakes if not in use or apply more fully if already in use in advance of an impending crash. NHTSA does not intend to mandate the installation of the technology on all new vehicles at this time.

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