HERSHEY, Pa. - The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) hailed final passage of HB 1203 in the Pennsylvania General Assembly on March 28. The measure makes operation of antique automobiles with period correct Pennsylvania license plates a reality.
"Passage of this legislation is good news for thousands of antique car owners in Pennsylvania," noted Steve Moskowitz, executive director of the AACA, headquartered in Hershey. "As car owners continue to preserve our country's automotive heritage they can legally operate their vehicles on public highways with authentic plates from the year of manufacture. This is more than a convenience or a nice touch, but rather a further authentication of historical vehicles which only adds to the rich public contribution of our automobiles."
"This legislation is long overdue and brings Pennsylvania in line with over 45 other states that allow the display of vintage license plates," said Rep. John Lawrence (R-Chester County, the measure's prime sponsor.) "As one comes from a family that loves old cars, I am very pleased to see this bill become law."
Lawrence noted that antique and classic automobiles play an important role in Pennsylvania's economy, and enthusiastic car collectors from around the state had contacted him in support of this legislation. "Pennsylvania annually hosts a number of internationally recognized car shows, creating an economic impact well into the millions. In addition to hosting the world's largest car show every fall in Hershey, AACA's unique partnerships with organizations like the Smithsonian Institute are a true asset to the Commonwealth."
The recent passage by the Pennsylvania Senate follows the unanimous support the legislation received in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to sign the bill into law shortly.
The Antique Automobile Club of America, with more than 60,000 members worldwide, is recognized as the nation's leading organization dedicated to the preservation, display, and enjoyment of antique automobiles. In addition to serving as the location for the world headquarters of AACA, Hershey is the home of the AACA Museum and AACA Library & Research Center (free public library).
Lawrence serves the 13th Legislative District, located in southern Chester County in southeastern Pennsylvania. Elected to the General Assembly in 2010, he is a lifelong AACA member and owns a 1965 Buick Skylark.
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