Bill in Congress would legally allow for low-volume replica cars

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Bill in Congress would legally allow for low-volume replica cars

Post by XL22 on Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:28 am

Looks like the SEMA lobby continues to useful things for the automotive community, but obviously the devil is in the details of what the modified NHTSA rules would be.  From http://www.autoblog.com/2015/06/11/congress-low-volume-turn-key-replica-bill/

Proposed legislation in the House of Representatives would create a new category of regulations for low-volume automakers – specifically those building replicas of classic automobiles. Current regulations, which hold small-scale manufacturers to the same standards as mass producers, mean that these low-volume automakers are forced to sell their products as kits, but the new category would allow them to offer turn-key vehicles, with no further assembly required on the part of the buyer.

House Resolution 2675 – dubbed the "Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015" – is a bipartisan bill being presented by Congressmen Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Gene Green (D-TX). If voted into law, it would mandate that smaller-scale automakers (producing no more than 500 vehicles per year) would still be required to comply with modern standards set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, but those standards would be set separately for lower volumes. These vehicles, as pointed out by the SEMA in the statement below, are "primarily used in exhibitions, parades and occasional transportation."

"The bill introduced by Reps. Mullin and Green will allow US companies to produce turn-key replicas of older vehicles that are virtually impossible to build under today's restrictive one-size-fits-all regulatory framework," said SEMA chief Chris Kersting. "This program will create skilled-labor jobs in the auto industry and help meet consumer demand for these classics of the past."

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Post by Stalker Guru on Thu Jun 25, 2015 1:59 pm

This would be great!! So far they are just Level 6 kits! It seems one of our bigger problems in some states is convincing them that Lexan is a safe substitute for safety glass.
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Post by XL22 on Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:43 am

Looks like the bill passed: http://autoweek.com/article/car-news/small-volume-carmakers-get-big-break-motor-vehicle-safety-act

As long as the volume of cars is under 325/yr, no need for crash testing.


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Post by Nitinpthania on Fri Dec 18, 2015 4:28 am

This bill allows for manufacturers of replica vehicles, like Performance, to build up to 325 . After-market Design&Style

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