Kansas Introduces Bill to Protect Restorers from Prosecution
DON’T DELAY! Please contact the House Transportation Committee to request support for H.B. 2594:
You may use the following points in your message:
- H.B. 2594 changes current law to allow vehicles registered as “antique” the reasonable removal and reinstallation of a vehicle identification number (VIN) if the act is necessary for repair or restoration.
- H.B. 2594 acknowledges that restoration experts nationwide commonly rely on the practice of temporary VIN removal to achieve the highest level of top-quality finishes.
- H.B. 2594 allows enthusiasts to protect their right to thoroughly restore a vehicle into an award-winning condition without fear of being prosecuted for tampering with a VIN.
- H.B. 2594 endorses the fact that the current system allows all car restorers—including professional shops—to be unfairly targeted for using proper restoration techniques.
- H.B. 2594 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: Kansas has introduced SAN-supported legislation (H.B. 2594) to allow full restoration of Antique vehicles, including temporary removal of the vehicle identification number (VIN) when necessary. This bill changes existing law to allow for the removal and reinstallation of a VIN if the removal and reinstallation is reasonably necessary for repair or restoration. Currently, enthusiasts who intentionally remove or alter a VIN, regardless of reason, are guilty of a felony and the vehicle is subject to seizure and destruction by law enforcement. The House Transportation Committee is scheduled to hear the bill on February 9th.