Legislation (S.B. 462) that originally sought to provide legal registration to hobby vehicles with a clear title, required safety equipment and in good working order was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker. Due to opposition from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the bill was amended to now only affect Former Military Vehicles. Several pro-hobby provisions of the bill with application to all hobby vehicles were eliminated. The amended bill does not solve many of the problems associated with registering a hobby car in Wisconsin. However, it does provide incremental improvement to the rules governing Former Military Vehicles. The new law restores regular registration options to Former Military Vehicles, like those which are available to civilian vehicles. Operation under that registration remains subject to Wisconsin Equipment Standards. It does not change an owner’s ability to register Former Military Vehicles for Historic Military Vehicle (HMV) Registration, which allows operation for parades or shows.
Thanks and congratulations to all who participated in supporting this bill.