Hearing on Maryland bill restricting eligibility for historic vehicle registration set for Feb. 28

SEMA Action Network legislative update

Maryland Bill to Restrict Eligibility for Historic Vehicle Registration Scheduled for Committee Hearing on Tues., Feb. 28

Thank you for the strong response in opposition to H.B. 550!  This bill to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “historic motor vehicles” has been scheduled for a Feb. 28, 2012 hearing in the Environmental Matters Committee.  Under the bill, the age requirement would be raised from 20 to at least 25 years old and would prohibit these cars from being used for “occasional transportation.”  The measure would also require that an historic vehicle is insured by an historic vehicle, show vehicle or antique insurance policy.  Our work to inform committee members of our opposition has been effective.  Let’s now let the bill’s sponsors understand how you feel about this bill.

We Urge You to Contact Maryland House Sponsors of H.B. 550 (List Attached Below) Immediately to Request Withdrawal of the Bill

For those interested in attending the hearing to voice opposition, the Committee will meet on Tues., February 28, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the following address:

Environmental Matters Committee
Room 251, House Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401

H.B. 550 makes it more difficult to register legitimate historic vehicles, which are now already limited to club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades and occasional pleasure driving.

H.B. 550 makes no provision for “grandfathering” existing historic vehicles 20-25 years old and allowing them to retain their historic status.

H.B. 550 would deny vehicles 20-25 years old from existing benefits, including the special historic license plate and exemptions from equipment and emissions inspection requirements.

H.B. 550 ignores the fact that existing historic vehicles in Maryland constitute a small portion of the vehicle fleet and are already well-maintained and infrequently operated.
DON’T DELAY!  Please contact the sponsors of H.B. 550 to request its withdrawal from committee consideration.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

House Sponsors of H.B. 550

To e-mail all sponsors of H.B. 550, copy and paste the email address block below:

kirill.reznik@house.state.md.us; sam.arora@house.state.md.us; alfred.carr@house.state.md.us; donald.elliott@house.state.md.us; ana.gutierrez@house.state.md.us; anne.kaiser@house.state.md.us; barbara.robinson@house.state.md.us; shane.robinson@house.state.md.us; kelly.schulz@house.state.md.us; craig.zucker@house.state.md.us

Delegate Kirill Reznik
Phone: (410) 841-3039
Email: kirill.reznik@house.state.md.us

Delegate Sam Arora
Phone: (410) 841-3528
Email: sam.arora@house.state.md.us

Delegate Alfred C. Carr, Jr.
Phone: (410) 841-3638
Email: alfred.carr@house.state.md.us

Delegate Donald B. Elliott
Phone: (410) 841-3118
Email: donald.elliott@house.state.md.us

Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez
Phone: (410) 841-3181
Email: ana.gutierrez@house.state.md.us

Delegate Anne R. Kaiser
Phone: (410) 841-3036
Email: anne.kaiser@house.state.md.us

Delegate Barbara Robinson
Phone: (410) 841-3520
Email: barbara.robinson@house.state.md.us

Delegate Shane Robinson
Phone: (410) 841-3021
Email: shane.robinson@house.state.md.us

Delegate Kelly Schulz
Phone: (410) 841-3080
Email: kelly.schulz@house.state.md.us

Delegate Craig J. Zucker
Phone: (410) 841-3380
Email: craig.zucker@house.state.md.us

2 thoughts on “Hearing on Maryland bill restricting eligibility for historic vehicle registration set for Feb. 28

  1. Valen Meadows

    Maybe if the State can cotrol the 1980 Mustang GT that is registered as Historic and driven everyday and hasn’t been restored and is primered with cables holding the hood on they wouldn’t need to be more restrictive. The thoguht that every “Historic” tag given out is truly eligible is ridiculous. I understand the opposition but I am for more control of how these are treated.
    Sorry, just a view point on the other side. I may not like the entire bill… but something has to be done.

    1. Mel Hackett

      I completely agree with Meadows, Virginia has the same problem even with 25 years. Not uncommon to see pickup trucks, with no historical value or intention, that wont pass annual inspection anymore, driving everyday to the job site having antique tags. (only to escape the annual inspection)

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