Wisconsin Introduces Assembly Companion Motor Vehicle Registration Rights Bill

Legislation (A.B. 580) has been introduced in the Wisconsin Assembly to provide legal registration to hobby vehicles with a clear title, required safety equipment and in good working order.  Under the bill, these registrations would be available to owners regardless of the vehicle’s color, former owner, or previous uses.  Identical legislation (S.B. 462) has already been introduced in the Senate.    

We Urge You to Contact members of the Wisconsin Assembly Transportation Committee (Contact Info Below) Immediately to Request Support for A.B. 580

A.B. 580 ensures that all vehicles, including ones that predate Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) or are specifically exempted from them, are not denied registration or forced into a highly-restrictive registration class, for non-compliance with FMVSS.  This includes pre-1968 vehicles, imports, kit-cars, government surplus vehicles, etc.

A.B. 580 allows owners of government surplus (former military) vehicles the option to license them for regular uses, provided the vehicle meets the Wisconsin equipment requirements.

A.B. 580 allows the owner to request an inspection to establish whether their vehicle meets equipment standards for the year of manufacture, in the event an application for registration is denied because of equipment or condition.  This method would replace the current method of filing an appeal.

A.B. 580 allows minor modifications to collector vehicles.  Currently, upgrades like safety glass, radial tires, a radio or hubcaps are reasons to deny registration.  This bill will allow minor changes that retain the spirit of historic authenticity.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact members of the Wisconsin Assembly Transportation Committee immediately to request their support for A.B. 580.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.  Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts.  Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

Any questions about this bill can be directed to Wisconsin hobbyists Paul Underwood (undy@mhtc.net) and Tom Zat (cosmo4info@gmail.com).

Wisconsin Assembly Transportation Committee

To e-mail all members of the Wisconsin Assembly Transportation Committee, copy and paste the email address block below:

Rep.Petrowski@legis.wisconsin.gov; Rep.Farrow@legis.wi.gov; Rep.Ott@legis.wisconsin.gov; Rep.Stone@legis.wisconsin.gov; Rep.VanRoy@legis.wisconsin.gov; Rep.Honadel@legis.wisconsin.gov; Rep.Ripp@legis.wisconsin.gov; Rep.Endsley@legis.wi.gov; Rep.Knilans@legis.wi.gov; Rep.Steinbrink@legis.wisconsin.gov; Rep.Vruwink@legis.wisconsin.gov; Rep.BernardSchaber@legis.wisconsin.gov; Rep.Jorgensen@legis.wisconsin.gov; Rep.Bewley@legis.wi.gov; Rep.Coggs@legis.wi.gov

Representative Jerry Petrowski (Chair)
Phone: (608) 266-1182
Email: Rep.Petrowski@legis.wisconsin.gov

Representative Paul Farrow (Vice-Chair)
Phone: (608) 266-5120
Email: Rep.Farrow@legis.wi.gov

Representative Alvin Ott
Phone: (608) 266-5831
Email: Rep.Ott@legis.wisconsin.gov

Representative Jeff Stone
Phone: (608) 266-8590
Email: Rep.Stone@legis.wisconsin.gov

Representative Karl Van Roy
Phone: (608) 266-0616
Email: Rep.VanRoy@legis.wisconsin.gov

Representative Mark Honadel
Phone: (608) 266-0610
Email: Rep.Honadel@legis.wisconsin.gov

Representative Keith Ripp
Phone: (608) 266-3404
Email: Rep.Ripp@legis.wisconsin.gov

Representative Mike Endsley
Phone: (608) 266-0656
Email: Rep.Endsley@legis.wi.gov

Representative Joseph Knilans
Phone: (608) 266-7503
Email: Rep.Knilans@legis.wi.gov

Representative John Steinbrink
Phone: (608) 266-0455
Email: Rep.Steinbrink@legis.wisconsin.gov

Representative Amy Sue Vruwink
Phone: (608) 266-8366
Email: Rep.Vruwink@legis.wisconsin.gov

Representative Penny Bernard Schaber
Phone: (608) 266-3070
Email: Rep.BernardSchaber@legis.wisconsin.gov

Representative Andy Jorgensen
Phone: (608) 266-3790
Email: Rep.Jorgensen@legis.wisconsin.gov

Representative Janet Bewley
Phone: (608) 266-7690
Email: Rep.Bewley@legis.wi.gov

Representative Elizabeth Coggs
Phone: (608) 266-0960
Email: Rep.Coggs@legis.wi.gov

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