Illinois, Nevada and Texas Legislation Updates

May 31, 2011

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) has updated members on three pieces of legislation that could impact hobbyists in Illinois, Nevada and Texas.

Legislation to provide for an expanded-use antique-vehicle registration class that would allow antique vehicles and replicas to be driven without limitation during the warmer part of the year (April 1 through Oct. 31) was approved unanimously by the full Illinois Senate.

The bill already has been passed by the full Illinois House of Representatives and will now be sent to the governor for his signature and enactment into law. Under the bill, expanded-use antiques are limited to traveling to and from car shows, exhibitions, servicing or demonstration during the colder months (Nov. 1 through March 31). Regular antique-vehicle registration would still be available for a lower fee to hobbyists who would prefer only operating their vehicle on a limited-use basis throughout the year.

Legislation to provide that classic vehicles and classic rods would be exempted from emissions inspections if owners pay a one-time $6 fee and submit a certification that their vehicle won’t be driven more than 5,000 miles per year was passed by the Senate Transportation Committee and will now be considered by the full Nevada Senate. The bill has already been passed by the Nevada Assembly.

Currently, classic rods and classic vehicles are subject to a 2,500-mile-per-year limit to qualify for an emissions exemption and must pass an initial two-speed idle emissions inspection to qualify. Also, each year, the owners of classic rods and classic vehicles must fill out a certification that their vehicles haven’t been driven more than 2,500 miles during the previous year and the certification must be verified by a DMV emissions technician. Under A.B. 2, the initial emissions inspection would no longer be required. Existing law only exempts 1967-and-older-model-year vehicles from emissions inspection.

Legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was passed by the full Texas Senate. The bill has already been approved by the full Texas House of Representatives and will now be sent to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature and enactment into law.

H.B. 890 defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948. The bill also allows for the use of non-original materials and creates a titling and registration criterion that assigns these vehicles the same model-year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble.

For more information on this and other pending legislation, visit the SAN website.