SEMA Custom Vehicle Bill Becomes Law in Maine

A version of SEMA-model legislation to create a registration class for custom vehicles was passed by the Maine Legislature. Under the bill, custom vehicles are defined as at least 30 years old and of a model year after 1948 or manufactured to resemble a vehicle from that era. The bill also allows customs to have a body constructed from non-original materials and assigns these vehicles the same model-year designation as the production vehicles they most closely resemble, allowing qualifying replicas and kit cars to be accommodated under this registration class. The measure requires the Chief of the State Police to convene a committee comprised of representatives from the custom vehicle industry to provide advice and technical assistance regarding potential inspection standards and procedures. The bill must now be approved by the governor before becoming law. The SEMA Action Network (SAN) is especially appreciative to Maine State Representative David Trahan for sponsoring the bill in the legislature and the Maine Custom Auto Association for its hard work and support.

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