CHARLESTON, W.V. — For the third time, a bill (S.B. 143) has been introduced in the West Virginia State Legislature by State Senator Frank Deem (firstname.lastname@example.org) that would further restrict the ability of West Virginia vehicle hobbyists from maintaining inoperable vehicles on private property.
The bill would redefine “abandoned motor vehicles” to include vehicles or vehicle parts which are either unlicensed or inoperable, or both, are not in an enclosed building and have remained on private property for more than 30 days. Under current law, the abandoned vehicle law applies primarily to vehicles on public property. The bill would make violation a misdemeanor offense punishable by substantial fines, community service and jail.
SEMA urges West Virginia hobbyists to contact members of the West Virginia Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to voice their opposition to S.B. 143.
SEMA believes the bill would give authorities an inordinate amount of power in determining the disposition of project cars. It would also would make it extremely difficult for West Virginia hobbyists to maintain inoperable collector vehicles on private property. Such a bill demonstrates a disregard and lack of understanding of the vehicle hobby and the rights of hobbyists, and it makes no legal distinction between an owner using private property as a dumping ground and a vehicle enthusiast working to maintain, restore or construct a vehicle.
Opponents to this bill are urged to contact members of the West Virginia Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee by phone or e-mail to voice your opposition to this bill. The committee is chaired by Senator John Unger, who can be reached at 304-357-7933 or email@example.com. SEMA asks that a copy of your letter be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please contact members of the West Virginia Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee by phone or e-mail to voice your opposition to this bill.
West Virginia Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Senator John Unger – Chair
Senator Evan Jenkins
Senator John Fanning
Senator Shirley Love
Senator Ron Stollings
Senator Randy White
Senator Clark Barnes
Senator Karen Facemyer
Senator Andy McKenzie