Nebraska Legislature Abandons Anti-Hobbyist Abandoned Vehicle Bill

Legislation (L.B. 688) that would have expanded the definition of “abandoned motor vehicle” to include vehicles that were left unattended for more than six hours on private property without valid plates, title or permit will not be considered in the 2010 legislative session.  The bill also sought to include vehicles that are inoperable, partially dismantled, wrecked, junked, or discarded.   Under current law, a vehicle is not considered to be abandoned on private property until it is left unattended for more than seven days.  Motor vehicles are defined as abandoned for the purpose of allowing state and local authorities to remove them from private property.   Given the opposition raised by SEMA and the Nebraska vehicle hobbyist community, the bill sponsor will make a series of amendments to protect hobbyists before he reintroduces the legislation next year.

On behalf of the SEMA Action Network, congratulations and thanks to all who participated in this effort.