If you’re like us, the Labor Day holiday weekend launched time to a blistering pace, passing days by like seconds on the clock. Unfortunately, this means we’re a tad behind when it comes to our monthly SEMA Law & Order update, but we figure it’s better late than never when it comes to knowing what legislative actions could affect you and your favorite hobby in the future.
The list of updates is short this month, but that’s not because of a lack of action from the Specialty Equipment Market Association. In fact, it’s quite the contrary as SEMA continues to work to bring awareness and preservation to the hobby even through legislative adjournment for the year in most areas. Check out the latest updates below.
Last month we told you about a bill that was one step closer to being passed in Michigan that would allow historic vehicle owners unlimited use of their vehicles in the month of August. Since then, Governor Rick Snyder signed the SEMA-supported bill into law, allowing collector car owners the freedom to use their vehicles for recreational driving and transportation in the late summer month.
Previously, collector vehicle owners were limited to using their vehicles only for club activities, exhibitions, parades, mechanical testing, tours and other similar uses. By signing the bill into law Michigan recognizes the time and money put into these historic vehicles and awards owners for such.
As we told you about in several publications, Collector Car Appreciation Day went off with a bang with clubs, businesses and private parties showcasing their vehicles on July 13th to bring awareness to the importance of the hobby.
Previously, New York, Hawaii and New Mexico had officially recognized the day of celebration, but now Idaho and West Virginia join them with proclamations recognizing the day issued by governors in both states.
Additionally, the Manitoba Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism acknowledged the day by making July the official Collector Car Appreciation Month in the Canadian province.
The final update for the month comes from New York, where legislative recess caused several hobbyist bills to fall short of their intentions. Among them was a bill that would allow owners of collector vehicles to pay a one time fee of $100 to register their vehicle, as well as a bill that would allow special historic license plates to be issued to collector vehicle owners for display on trailers meant to tow the vehicles. The New York legislative recess also put an end to SEMA-supported legislation that would create a special licensing and registration class for street rods and customs. Only time will tell if these legislative actions will be reintroduced next year.
SEMA does a lot of things for the automotive hobby, one of the most important of which is fighting for the preservation of historic and collector vehicles and the culture that surrounds them. Be sure to stay tuned for more Law & Order updates and for up to the minute information on SEMA-opposed or supported legislative, become a free member of the SEMA Action Network (SAN).