After several postponements, the hearing on SEMA model legislation (H.B. 199) that would create a vehicle registration and titling classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles has again been rescheduled. The bill will now be considered by the Ohio House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 24. H.B. 199 defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948. The bill allows kit cars and replica vehicles to be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation that the body of the vehicle was constructed to resemble. The sponsor of the bill, Rep. Kenny Yuko, is still attempting to identify Ohio hobbyists or businesses that would like to appear at the hearing to testify in favor of the bill. If you would be interested in testifying, please contact me immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Those Unable to Testify, We Urge You to Contact All Members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (List Attached Below) Immediately to Request Their Support for H.B. 199. Please e-mail a copy of your letters to Steve McDonald at email@example.com. Thank you for your assistance.
For those interested in attending the hearing to voice support, the committee will meet on Wed., Feb. 24 at the following address and time:
1 Capitol Square, Room 017
- H.B. 199 provides specific registration/titling classes and license plates for street rods and customs.
- H.B. 199 includes street rods and customs (including replicas) in the historical motor vehicle definition for the purpose of holding these vehicles only to the equipment standards specified by law during the model year listed on the title of the vehicle.
- H.B. 199 provides that a replica vehicle can be assigned the same model year designation as the production vehicle it was constructed to resemble.
- H.B. 199 permits street rods and custom vehicles to display blue dot taillights.
Ohio House Transportation and Infrastructure
Representative Robert Hagan – Chair
Representative Dale Mallory
Representative Linda Bolon
Representative John Patrick Carney
Representative John Domenick
Representative Mike Foley
Representative Kenny Yuko
Representative Courtney Eric Combs
Representative Troy Balderson
Representative Jeffrey McClain
Representative Margaret Ruhl
Representative Joe Uecker
Representative James Zehringer