The New York state legislature failed to complete action on a series of bills that would have had a positive impact on the automotive hobby. These bills will have to be reintroduced in 2015. To follow is a brief summary:
New York S.B. 1899/A.B. 3046: Legislation to allow historical vehicle owners to only pay a one-time registration fee of $100 upon initial registration died when the legislature adjourned for the year. The $100 one-time fee would have replaced the current annual fee of $28.75.
New York A.B. 2843: Legislation to provide for the issuance of special historic vehicle plates to be issued to owners for display on a trailer towing a historic vehicle died without committee action.
New York A.B. 3824/A.B. 6469: Legislation to provide for the issuance of a single registration plate and require that the plate be attached on the front of tractors and on the rear of all other vehicles died when the legislature adjourned.
New York A.B. 3041/ S.B. 1103: SEMA model legislation to create a vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles and exempt these vehicles from emissions inspections died without any action taken in the Senate or Assembly. The bills defined a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948. Kit cars and replica vehicles would have been assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble.