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Old 04-16-2011, 12:51 PM
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new washington state hotrod/street rod bill

New WA State Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill
The actual bill as it is in it's final writing is here.

Washington Governor to Sign Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Into Law on April 18, 2011

Anyone who has ever tried to license a homebuilt car knows how difficult it can be to title and register it. Not only is the process lengthy, it's frustratingly arduous. But all that is about to change.

On Monday, April 18, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire will sign into law Senate Bill 5585, which will enact new classifications for custom vehicles, street rods, hot rods, kit cars, replicas, etc.

According to State Senator Michael Carrell, sponsor of the bill (and collector, restorer, and avid car enthusiast in his own right), the new classifications will help streamline the registering and titling process, making it faster and a whole lot easier to take that creation of yours to the street.

"If someone puts a 2009 Ford engine in the body of a 1949 Ford Coupe," says Senator Carrell in a written press release, "there shouldn't be any confusion about how to legally license the vehicle. Moreover, if someone builds a car from the ground up from scrap parts, aftermarket items or custom-manufactured pieces, it could be classified any number of different ways. The new law will establish constancy, and clarify previously unclear registration requirements."

Classifications will break down as follows: Altered vehicles manufactured before 1949 will be categorized as street rods, and altered vehicles at least 30 years old and manufactured after 1948 will be categorized as customs. Kit cars and replica vehicles will be assigned certificates of title bearing the same model years as the production vehicles they most closely resemble.

The law will also acknowledge that original parts may no longer be available, and that technological advancements have created improved materials. It will allow for the use of non-original components and will create a titling criterion that assigns these vehicles the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble.

Further, the law will exempt street rods and customs from a range of standard equipment requirements and emissions inspections; vehicles in this class will be held to standards applicable to the designated model year. Finally, the use of "blue dot" taillights will be permitted, a favorite among restorers of classic automobiles.

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finally, washington state is doing something positive for the hot rodders


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Finally... a title that wont weigh 63 pounds...LOL
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The whole nation needs to adopt this law.

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Man !!!! this is what we have been needing for sometime now.... Big Thanks from down South !!!! Send it our way!!!! PLEASE !!!!
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That is great that there are some common sense politicians out there.
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Sounds like the SEMA model, which NC adopted a few years ago. Not in the printed story is how DMV writes their rules on how they will inspect and enforce. Here, you must start with a valid title and apply for a NC title. They do a complete search on your title and if there are no discrepancies, a DMV officer will make an appointment with you for a visual inspection of the vehicle before a clean NC title is issued. I have yet had one ask to look at the hidden VIN that has been put on vehicles for many years. If you are building a vehicle from a kit, or from a pile of scraps, a bill of sale must be provided for the major components and you must specify what make an model that the car most resembles. They will assign a VIN number and tell you where to place it after which a DMV official will validate so that a title can be issued. A lot of attention to detail for a builder, but at least you have the guidelines, if followed, will produce a clear cut title. Further, dependent upon which type title you are issued, you may purchase an Antique or Custom tag, which is at a reduced rate because they anticipate the vehicle will not be driven as much as your primary transportation. All in all, a good deal since Titling and Registration of our vehicles are not at the whim and mood of each and every registration and tag official in the state. It also gives us a piece of paper from which we can question "opinions" that are being used as "facts".

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Well Its about time a politition started using his head ,mabee it'll catch on...I'll bet he'll get re-elected...
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