New York Introduces Pro-Hobby Bills as Legislature Reconvenes

The New York State Assembly introduced a variety of pro-hobby bills for the 2022 legislative session. These bills are pending before the Transportation Committee and may be scheduled to be heard at any time.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact the Assembly Transportation Committee to request support for A. 4008, A. 4202, and A. 6931:

You may use the following points in your message:

A. 4008 — Allows the display of only a single, rear-mounted license plate for a $50 fee.

  • This bill protects the aesthetic contours of cars and relieves vehicle owners of the burden of having to create mounting holes on original bumpers.
  • This bill accommodates classic and special-interest vehicles, many of which are not originally equipped with a designated place to display a front plate.
  • This bill saves money, conserves resources, and allows greater performance and styling equipment options for automotive enthusiasts in the state and the industry supporting their hobby.

A. 4202 — Reduces safety inspections from annual to biennial for antique, classic, and collector vehicles.

  • This bill requires a biennial inspection instead of an annual inspection for antique, classic, and collector vehicles.
  • This bill recognizes that these vehicles are generally driven significantly fewer miles on New York roadways than other passenger vehicles, making the annual inspection an undue burden on hobbyists.

A. 6931 — Creates a one-time registration fee for historical vehicle owners. 

  • The reduced registration fee would be available to owners of historical vehicles owned and operated as an exhibition piece or collector’s item and used for club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, occasional transportation, and similar uses.
  • This bill replaces the current annual fee of $28.75 with a $100 one-time fee.
  • This bill brings the state in line with other states seeking to reward automotive enthusiasts and expand opportunities for these prized vehicles to be enjoyed.