New Car & Truck Legislation Updates for Six States

May 19, 2010

The SEMA Action Network (SAN), a nationwide partnership of car clubs and individual enthusiasts who work together to impact legislation that affects car and truck hobbyists of all kinds, has updated members on passed and pending legislation. Below is information on legislation impacting hobbyists in six states.


Legislation (A.B. 1740) to increase the registration limit for exempted specially constructed vehicle (kit car) registrations from 500 to 750 vehicles per year was approved by the full California Assembly and now moves to the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee for consideration. Under current California policy, specially constructed vehicles that don’t receive one of the 500 sequence numbers are subject to a muddied titling, registration and smog check process, according to SAN. Under the new law, the DMV will grant amnesty from prosecution to vehicle owners if certain conditions are met, including the owner filing a completed application with the department.


Kansas legislators have deleted provisions from a revenue bill that increased the fees on antiques, street rods and special interest vehicles. The language sought to raise the registration fees on these vehicles, including a $10 increase on January 1, 2013 and another $10 increase on January 1, 2014, according to SAN.


A bill that seeks to ban the “use and sale of any exhaust pipe that increases the sound emission of any vehicle including motorcycles” has been set aside for study by the Massachusetts legislature. Legislation to require the incorporation of noise level testing into the vehicle inspection process was also set aside, according to SAN. The bill didn’t define a noise level limit, but allowed it to be determined by the regulators.


A compromise has been reached on legislation that originally threatened to prohibit public road use of all motor vehicles equipped to supply the engine with nitrous oxide. Originally written as an outright ban, the new law allows for the installation of nitrous oxide systems as long as the feed lines are disconnected or the canisters are removed while the vehicle is being operated on a public road, according to SAN. The bill was signed into law by Governor Haley Barbour.

New York

Legislation has been reintroduced in the New York Assembly (A.B. 10698) to provide that historical vehicle owners only pay a one-time registration fee of $100 upon initial registration. The reduced registration fee would be available to owners of historical vehicles owned and operated as an exhibition piece or collector’s item and used for club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, occasional transportation and similar uses, according to SAN. The $100 one-time fee would replace the current annual fee of $28.75. The bill has been referred to the New York Assembly Transportation Committee for consideration.


Legislation to provide an exemption to automotive hobbyists from the restrictions on salvage yards was signed into law by Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. The new law increases the regulation of salvage yards and automobile graveyards in the state, but includes a provision stipulating that hobbyists aren’t to be confused with the owners of automobile graveyards, according to SAN. The law defines an “automobile hobbyist” as a person not primarily engaged in the sale of vehicles and parts or dismantling junk vehicles. Further, the definition of “automobile graveyard” doesn’t include an area used by an automobile hobbyist for storage and restoration purposes, provided their activities comply with federal, state and municipal law.

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