SEMA is urging its members to contact members of the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee to oppose Legislation H.B. 8A.
Under the bill, general passenger cars will face a $13 increase in their registration fee, while the one-time registration fee for antique, classic and collectible vehicles will go up by $27 (from $75 to $102) and the initial registration fee for street rods by $29 (from $20 to $51). Additionally, each of these fees would be increased every year.
Under Pennsylvania law, an antique motor vehicle is defined as “a motor vehicle manufactured more than 25 years prior to the current year.”
A classic motor vehicle is defined as “a motor vehicle manufactured at least 15 years prior to the current year.”
Collectible motor vehicles are defined as “reconstructed or modified motor vehicles substantially modified from the manufacturer’s original specifications and appearance and maintained in a collectible condition.”
A street rod is “a motor vehicle, or a reproduction thereof, with a model year of 1948 or older which has been materially altered or modified by the removal, addition or substitution of essential parts and with a gross weight or registered gross weight of not more than 9,000 pounds.”
This legislation is unfair, according to SEMA, as these older cars are infrequently driven (about one-third the miles each year as a new vehicle) second or third vehicles and deserving of reduced registration fees.
For more information, or to contact members of the Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee immediately by e-mail to request their opposition to H.B. 8A, click here.
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