Legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles, including kit cars and replicas, was signed into Texas law earlier this week by Gov. Rick Perry. H.B. 890, which also provides for special license plates for these vehicles, will go into effect on Sept. 1, 2011.
The new law 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.”
This bill, according to SEMA, will allow 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.
In addition, the law only holds street rods, customs and replicas to the equipment standards specified by law during the model year listed on the title and exempts them from the state’s emissions inspection program.
For more legislative updates, visit www.sema.org/government-affairs.