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URGENT CALIFORNIA ALERT--IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED

The Specialty Equipment and Manufacturers Association (SEMA) sent the
Hagerty Protection Network the following Urgent Legislative Alert to
share
with our customers, agents, and supporters in California. If you have
any
questions regarding this alert, please call or email Sydney McManus,
Hagerty
Protection Network Legislative Director, at 800-922-4050, x8787 /
[email protected] or Steve McDonald, SEMA Vice President of
Governmental
Affairs at [email protected].

The Final Stand: California Emissions Exemption Repeal Bill Moves to
Governor for Signature or Veto

On Friday (Aug. 27), the California Legislature approved A.B. 2683 with
damaging amendments. A.B. 2683 is the legislation that would repeal
the
state's current rolling emissions-test exemption for vehicles 30 years
old
and older. The bill repeals the current pro-hobbyist exemption and
replaces
it with a law requiring the PERMANENT testing of all 1976 and newer
model-year vehicles. The amendments do not protect car collectors and
are
being opposed by Hagerty, SEMA and the major car clubs and
organizations in
California. The bill is now in the hands of the Governor who can
choose to
veto it or sign it into law.

We Urge You to Contact Governor Schwarzenegger IMMEDIATELY to Request
His
Veto of A.B. 2683!

The Governor may be reached at:
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841
Fax: 916-445-4633

To send an Electronic Mail please visit:
<http://www.govmail.ca.gov>

The bill requires the following:

1. Require vehicles of the post 1975 model year insured as
collector
cars (driven only to parades, exhibitions, etc.) and at least 35-years
old
to continue in the Smog Check program for the duration of the vehicle's
life.

2. Revise the Smog Check testing regimen for these qualifying
vehicles
to include a tailpipe test, functional inspection of the fuel cap and a
visual inspection for liquid fuel leaks. The vehicle would be forced
to
comply with the exhaust emissions standards for the vehicle's class and
model year as prescribed by California regulators.

Despite assurances from the bill's sponsors that a good faith effort
would
be made to address hobbyist concerns, this bill continues to betray the
trust of the collector car community. There is nothing that
differentiates
a 1975 from a 1976 vehicle requiring one be accorded a lifetime
exemption
while the other is not. Further, with regulators having proposed
yearly
testing of these older vehicles, this bill could be far costlier and
even
more burdensome to vehicle collectors in the future. In addition,
regulators could set emissions standards to any level that suits their
purposes in order to ensure inspection failures of these 1976 and later
model cars. Finally, nothing in this bill would stop regulators from
bringing 1975 and older vehicles back into the Smog Check program at a
later
date.


The truth remains the same:

*
California's current law recognizes the minimal impact of
vehicles
30-years old and older on vehicle emissions and air quality.
*
Vehicles 30-years old and older still constitute a minuscule
portion
of the overall vehicle population and are a poor source from which to
look
for emissions reduction.
*
Antique and classic vehicles are overwhelmingly well-maintained
and
infrequently driven (a fraction of the miles each year as a new
vehicle).
*
Legislators, regulators and stationary source polluters are
feeling
the heat from a failed effort to meet air quality goals and are looking
for
a convenient scapegoat, using false data and inflated annual mileage
assumptions to further their case. The old car hobby should not
carry the
burden of their mistakes!

Please contact Steve McDonald at [email protected] or Sydney McManus at
[email protected] if you have any questions.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter and your continued
commitment to the hobby.

Sincerely,

McKeel Hagerty
Hagerty Protection Network

















found this on another site, so i dont know how reliable it is...
 

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Still can't help but laughing when i read 'Governer Schwarzenegger ' :wiggles: :wiggles:
 

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One big clue that this legislation might be a step in the right direction is that SEMA apparently are against it.

EDIT: Since the governor is out of state, the lieutenant governor might be the person to contact instead - though again, I'm for smog checks...
 

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Bman said:
Still can't help but laughing when i read 'Governer Schwarzenegger ' :wiggles: :wiggles:
I second that.

Let's play a game!

Which cast member of Predator will be next up as a governor and of which state!?

;)

edit: oh yeah, and I'm glad I don't live in CA! Long live teh south. rednecks = slack emissions testing; If they can't drive their POS trucks with parts falling off and smoke pouring out of God-knows-where then the south will surely fall. ;)
 
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