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Protect your right to drive military vehicles in Wisconsin

Here’s an update on the right to register military vehicles to be driven on roads in Wisconsin. Even if you’re a car collector in Wisconsin,I urge you to help protect the rights of all hobbyists of motorized vehicles. Car and truck collectors could be next!


The Wisconsin DOT continues to refuse to register and license our former military vehicles and may cancel your registration at any time.
Two different important bills to protect your driving privilege have been introduced and are being considered right now by the members of the state Assembly and Senate transportation committee’s. Both bills would create a needed statute change to allow you to keep your former military vehicle on the road.
In just a few days, the senate committee votes to allow an HMV bill to be considered or dropped The vote is on Feb 4th and the Assembly committee does the same on Feb 11.
The list of committee members for both committees is attached.
We strongly urge you to immediately call or E mail the transportation committee members in the senate and assembly and tell the person who answers that you are calling about the pending bills for Former Military Vehicle Registration. Keep it brief and ask them for three things:
1)     Support a bill to allow preservation and use of historic military vehicles in Wisconsin.
2)     Keep the bill simple. We are against creating a list of “approved models” and are against classifying a maximum size or weight. Both are unworkable, unnecessary  and discriminate.
3)     Support a bill and amendments that allows use of these special interest vehicles as historic vehicles with the least restrictions and should allow occasional private recreational use.
The E mail link to the senate members is http://www.legis.state.wi.us/senhome.htm <http://www.legis.state.wi.us/senhome.htm> and the assembly is http://www.legis.state.wi.us/asmhome.htm <http://www.legis.state.wi.us/asmhome.htm>
The Erpinbach senate bill is SB 392 (AB  589 in assembly)(Collector plate) and the Hansen bill is senate bill SB 404 (AB592 in assembly)(HMV plate)
Our Blog Site has text of the bills, our hearing testimony and a report of last week’s hearings. Check the site at www.wihmvbill.blogspot.com
WE ALL NEED TO GET INVOLVED NOW. Call or E mail them now.
Jeff Rowsam
MVPA and Wisconsin HMV legislative Coordinator
Jeff Rowsam
5432 South County Road P
Denmark, WI. USA 54208
Home # 920 863 8656
Cell # 920 562 5776

One thought on “Protect your right to drive military vehicles in Wisconsin

  1. VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC

    It never fails to surprise me that our DMV’s do not know really how to work with the collector and their history on wheels. The laws that are developed and on the books are written and considered for the average age of car on the road that is Approx. 10 years old. With that, let’s do the math- 2010-10- that puts us at 1999 and newer. When you read the DMV book, there is very little that relates to how to handle the sale, inspections, and relationship to driving classics in today’s little DMV world. On the Dealer Requirements there are inspections and much of the inspection forms, do not even relate to classics with not "current" equipment options. They are not always driven as daily drivers and therefore have different plating structures. Everything that we have as collectors and the laws that relate to us are unique. It really doesn’t matter what state you are in, the DMV try to relate all laws to cover everything and they continual forget that standard option equipment has changed thro0ugh the years and you are not going to emmissions equipment, updated braking systems, not always electronic ignition, if at all, they do not like to deal with the collectors and their classics and their special needs. It’s an extra step that they would have to and another area that they can not conform. Therefore, they make it hard for us to be able to sell, play, and enjoy our history on wheels. So please be vigulent and involved when it comes to legislation. For example, in South Dakota the classics are not even able to be fully processed in the new Fast title system. In most states, Anything over 15-25 years old also is considered a classic. Much of these files are on microfilm and already in the archives as for title research. They just don’t understand the hobby and how to deal with the plating, titling, inspections, and for that matter the classic car industry. I work hard to work with the DMV’s in each state they we sell cars in and do things the right way. I worked with the Wisc. DMV and I can’t say it was a thrill. I can say is they do not know what they are doing when it comes to the old cars and the industry. Many of their laws on the books do not apply and are not relevant. I love selling and working with the old cars, I work hard to help my sellers and buys with their title issues and car issues. WE are all working hard to preserve History! Yvette VanDeBrink


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