Forward March Toward Proactive Success

Military Surplus Vehicle Template Latest in SEMA-Model Bill Series

Nobody looks forward to a run-in with the law. When it comes to facing rules relating to automobiles, troubles often seem catastrophic. In reality, chances are high that someone else has been faced with resolving a similar matter. Sometimes the best answer to a problem is lying in plain sight— one just needs to know where to look. The key is realizing that help exists and reaching out.

In its fight to protect the automotive community from unfair laws, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) has long battled familiar issues in multiple places. Existing vehicle-related policies and classifications are often well behind the times. In those jurisdictions, outdated and convoluted registration rules create confusion among motorists as well as those charged with applying the laws at the ground level.

Over time, the SAN has crafted unique solutions to combat common difficulties nationwide. Early on, a SEMA-model street-rod/ custom-vehicle bill was developed to simplify matters regarding modified vintage and reproduction vehicles for government officials. With enactment of this template into law demonstrating widespread success, the SAN had proof that positive, proactive legislation could serve to create new opportunities for the growth of the auto hobby. As a result, additional model legislation was designed specifically to create reasonable and practical solutions for other specific issues, including those for inoperable project builds, exhaust-noise enforcement and the use of nitrous-oxide systems.

A fresh SEMA-model has been created as a tool for former military surplus vehicles. In recent years, legislatures are responding to the growing interest in this segment among enthusiasts. Unfortunately, states often

define decommissioned vehicles uniquely and may not be authorized for use on public highways. SEMA supports the term “military surplus vehicle” to mean a wheeled, multipurpose or tactical vehicle, including trailer, that was manufactured for military use by or under the direction of the U.S. Armed Forces or Armed Forces of any other country and was subsequently authorized for sale to civilians. When approved, these laws recognize the important historical and patriotic purpose of these vehicles.

The next time actions threaten one of the subjects mentioned above, don’t make enemies— take the opportunity to build bridges with lawmakers. Working together with a fair approach in-hand will make arriving at a hobby- friendly outcome much more likely. Find each of the SEMA-model templates posted at semaSAN.com/ModelBills.