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Hot rod, custom titling bill to be heard in Washington tomorrow



Pro-Hobbyist Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Introduced in Washington State; Senate Transportation Committee Hearing Scheduled for Wed., Feb. 9

SEMA model legislation to create a vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles has been introduced in the Washington State Legislature by Senator Mike Carrell ( The bill (S.B. 5585) 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. Under the bill, kit cars and replica vehicles will be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble.

We Urge You to Contact Members of the Washington State Senate Transportation Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Their Support for S.B. 5585

For those interested in attending the hearing to voice support, the Committee will meet on Wed., Feb. 9 at 3:30 the following address:

Senate Hearing Room 1
J.A. Cherberg Building
304 15th Avenue SW
Olympia, WA 98504

S.B. 5585 provides specific registration and titling classes for street rods and customs, including kits and replicas.
S.B. 5585 allows for the use of non-original materials and creates a titling criterion that assigns these vehicles the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble.
S.B. 5585 exempts street rods and customs from a range of standard equipment requirements (only that equipment required in the model year that the vehicle resembles) and emissions inspections.
S.B. 5585 provides that vehicles titled and registered as street rods and custom vehicles may only be used for occasional transportation, exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours, etc. and not for general daily transportation.
S.B. 5585 permits the use of blue dot taillights.

DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Senate Transportation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to urge their support for S.B. 5585.

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at Thank you for your assistance.

Washington State Senate Transportation Committee

Senator Mary Margaret Haugen - Chair
Phone: 360/786-7618

Senator Scott White - Vice Chair
Phone: 360/786-7690

Senator Curtis King
Phone: 360/786-7626

Senator Joe Fain
Phone: 360/786-7692

Senator Jerome Delvin
Phone: 360/786-7614

Senator Tracey Eide
Phone: 360/786-7658

Senator Doug Ericksen
Phone: 360/786-7682

Senator Andy Hill
Phone: 360/786-7672

Senator Steve Hobbs
Phone: 360/786-7686

Senator Steve Litzow
Phone: 360/786-7641

Senator Sharon Nelson
Phone: 360/786-7667

Senator Margarita Prentice
Phone: 360/786-7616

Senator Kevin Ranker
Phone: 360/786-7678

Senator Tim Sheldon
Phone: 360/786-7668

Senator Paull Shin
Phone: 360/786-7640

Senator Dan Swecker
Phone: 360/786-7638

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