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North Dakota introduces bill to restrict modifications



North Dakota Introduces Bill to Restrict Vehicle Modifications; Transportation Committee Hearing Scheduled for Thurs., Feb. 3

A bill (H.B. 1442) has been introduced in the North Dakota State Legislature to prohibit the modification of any motor vehicle that alters the manufacturer's original suspension, steering or brake system unless the state highway patrol issues an inspection certificate. Current law permits modification if the equipment meets “SEMA standards.” H.B. 1442 adds that modifying equipment may also meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Among other things, the bill also would require fenders on all motor vehicles. The bill will be considered by the North Dakota House Transportation committee on Thurs., Feb. 3, 2011.

We Urge You to Contact House Transportation Committee Members (List Attached) Immediately To Request Their Opposition to H.B. 1442

For those interested in attending the hearing to voice their opposition, the committee will meet on Thurs., Feb. 3 at 2:45 p.m. at the following address:

Fort Totten Room
State Capitol
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0360

This bill makes no sense. There are no specific SEMA standards applicable to equipment used to modify suspension, steering or brake systems. SEMA does not set standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) only issues FMVSS to regulate equipment that is required on all new motor vehicles. An aftermarket part may only be regulated if it takes a vehicle out-of-compliance with a required piece of safety equipment when installed. For example, lift kits used to modify ride height for function and utility are not specifically regulated by FMVSS.

H.B. 1442 does not indicate any objective criteria that the state patrol will use to determine which modifications are legal.

H.B. 1442 would require fenders on all vehicles regardless of whether or not they were originally manufactured with this equipment.

DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the North Dakota House Transportation Committee immediately to request their opposition to H.B. 1442.

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at 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.

North Dakota House Transportation Committee

Dan Ruby - Chairman

Dave Weiler - Vice Chairman
Phone: 701-255-5042

Lois Delmore
Phone: 701-772-8428

Robert Frantsvog
Phone: 701-839-5307

Edmund Gruchalla
Phone: 701-866-2305

Brenda Heller
Phone: 701-873-7791

Kathy Hogan
Phone: 701-235-1916

RaeAnn G. Kelsch
Phone: 701-663-0774

Scott Louser
Phone: 701-839-9587

Kenton Onstad
Phone: 701-862-3445

Mark S. Owens
Phone: 701-792-1819

Gary R. Sukut
Phone: 701-572-9607

Don Vigesaa
Phone: 701-797-2448

Robin Weisz
Phone: 701-962-3799

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