URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT (UPDATE)
New Mexico Bill to Ease Titling and Registration of Replica Cars Dies as Legislature Adjourns
A version of SEMA model legislation (H.B. 510) to ease the process by which replica cars are titled and registered died when the legislature adjourned for the year. The bill had been approved by the full House of Representatives and had been awaiting a vote by the full Senate. The measure defined "replica car" as a motor vehicle that is assembled from a pre-fabricated chassis and body kit purchased from a replica car manufacturer. Among other things, the bill created a specific registration and titling class for replicas and provided that the model year is the year of the model or brand that a replica car most resembles; exempted replica cars from state and local laws or ordinances requiring periodic vehicle or vehicle emission inspections and testing; and provided that replica cars need not have equipment that was not required by state or federal law in its model year.
Thanks to all who participated in supporting this bill.