Ban on Spinner Hubcaps Dies as New York Legislature Adjourns for the Year

SAN-opposed legislation that would have prohibited the sale and use of motor vehicles equipped with spinner hubcaps died in the New York Legislature when the session adjourned for the year.  The bill would have subjected vehicle owners to fines of up to $750 for a third or subsequent violation.  Those convicted of selling spinner hubcaps would have been fined $150 for each violation.  The measure ignored the fact that custom wheels are not prohibited by Federal law and that spinner hubcaps have no proven detrimental effect on motor vehicle safety.  New York was the latest state to attempt a ban on spinners.  Earlier this year, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) defeated similar legislation in Iowa and Virginia.   The bill may be considered again in 2006.