URGENT LEGISLATIVE ALERT (UPDATE)
North Dakota Bill to Restrict Vehicle Modifications Goes to Conference Committee
A bill (S.B. 2166) that originally sought to increase the population of vehicles prohibited from modifying the manufacturer's original suspension, steering or brake system was amended and approved by the North Dakota House of Representatives. Following approval by the House, the bill was sent back to the Senate for concurrence with the amendments. The Senate did not concur and a conference comprised of members from the House and Senate has been convened to work out a compromise. Under the House amendments, the bill would no longer restrict modifications on vehicles weighing between 7,000 - 10,000 pounds. We are supporting the House amendments!
We Urge You to Contact All Members of the Conference Committee (List Attached) Immediately To Request Support for the Amended Version of S.B. 2166
The amended S.B. 2166 retains the current law so that the modified vehicle restrictions will continue to apply only to vehicles weighing 7,000 pounds or less. The original bill had expanded it to cover vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less.
The amended S.B. 2166 removes the crime of "operating a modified vehicle" from the list of crimes for which an officer may take the driver into custody.
The amended S.B. 2166 changes the modified vehicle law to provide that any modifying equipment must meet the North Dakota requirements applicable to all other vehicles.
The amended S.B. 2166 changes the modified vehicle law to provide that larger tires must be branded with a DOT identification number. By Federal regulation, tires are already required to carry a DOT number.
The amended S.B. 2166 deletes the current provision in the modified vehicle law specifying that "the maximum outside diameter permitted for tires is forty-four inches."
The amended S.B. 2166 deletes the current provision in the modified vehicle law limiting maximum lift in the suspension system to four inches..
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Conference Committee on S.B. 2166 immediately to request their support for the amended S.B. 2166.
Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your assistance.
S.B. 2166 Conference Committee
To e-mail all Conference Committee members, copy and paste the email address block below:
Senator Dave Oehlke
Senator David Rust
Senator George Sinner
Representative Robin Weisz
Representative Rick Becker
Representative Marvin Nelson