Illinois Introduces Pro-Hobby Bill to Further Expand Antique Vehicle Usage

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact the members of the House Transportation: Vehicles & Safety Committee immediately to request support for H.B. 2548:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • H.B. 2548 would ease the usage restrictions on “Antique Expanded Use” vehicles by allowing them to be driven without limitation for additional time during the warmer part of the year (March 1 through November 30).
  • H.B. 2548 creates a more reasonable standard for antique collectors and expands opportunities for owners to be able to enjoy recreational driving of these prized vehicles.
  • H.B. 2548 provides added incentive to owners of qualifying antique vehicles register as “Antique Expanded Use.”
  • H.B. 2548 would bring the state in line with other states seeking to reward automotive enthusiasts and continue expanding opportunities for these prized vehicles to be enjoyed.
  • H.B. 2548 recognizes that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.

Overview: SAN-supported legislation (H.B. 2548) has been introduced in Illinois to allow “Antique Expanded Use” vehicles to be driven without limitation for two additional months. Currently, expanded-use antique vehicles are defined as being more than 25 years old “or a bona fide replica” and are limited to traveling to and from auto shows, exhibitions, service stations and demonstrations during the colder months (November 1 through March 31) but can be driven without limitation during the warmer months (April 1 through October 31). The bill proposes the months without driving limitations to be expanded to March 1 through November 30. It is scheduled for a hearing in the House Transportation: Vehicles & Safety Committee on Wednesday, March 24.