Legislation (H.B. 263/S.B. 283) to allow antique vehicles to be driven up to 5,000 miles per year for general transportation failed to pass before the Tennessee legislature adjourned for 2019.
“Some antique owners wanted the cars to remain more of a collector status and driving as much as the bill would allow seemed to them to take the meaning of antique away. Antique cars are to be shown and preserved and not driven from one coast to the other as the bill would have allowed. I do not see the bill being reintroduced next year,” said Chairman Dale Carr, the sponsor of the bill.
Legislation introduced by Rep. Dale Carr, House Bill 263 and Senate Bill 283 by Sen. Haile(H.B. 263/S.B. 283) to allow antique vehicles to be driven up to 5,000 miles per year for general transportation failed to pass before the Tennessee legislature adjourned for 2019.
Under current law, antique vehicles may be driven to and from club activities, exhibits, tours and parades; for the purpose of testing the operation of and obtaining repairs; and for general transportation only on Saturday and Sunday.
These bills recognized that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States. By rule, these bills are eligible to be reconsidered during next year’s legislative session.
A love for cars, trucks and SUVs is the motivating force behind the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). This trade association consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams and more.
SEMA members make, buy, sell and use all kinds of specialty parts and accessories to make vehicles more attractive, more unique, more convenient, faster, safer, more fun and even like-new again.
The companies that founded SEMA—and the entire specialty parts and accessories industry, for that matter—were started by people who loved cars and trucks and turned their hobby into a career. Most people in the industry today still feel this way. That’s one of the things that makes SEMA and its members unique.
Today the organization performs many services for its members and for the hobby as a whole. Perhaps most importantly, SEMA works hard to protect consumers’ rights to drive accessorized, customized and vintage vehicles. SEMA keeps close tabs on legislators in Washington, D.C., and also in each state within the United States, so SEMA members and anyone who loves cars and trucks can protest pending legislation that might harm our hobby, as well as endorse legislation that’s good for car lovers. SEMA also has helped numerous consumers interact with car dealers, who sometimes try to get away with charging for repairs on a modified vehicle by claiming (wrongly) that specialty accessories have voided its warranty.
Every year, SEMA also presents an enormous trade show in Las Vegas. This is where manufacturers unveil their latest offerings, while buyers, distributors and members of the press walk their feet off to see it all. Visit SEMAShow.com for more information.
The variety is astonishing, from restyling accessories and automotive organizers to engine parts, restoration supplies, street-rod components and safety enhancements.