Relates to registration of street rods and custom vehicles; provides for a one time registration fee; exempts such vehicles from certain equipment and inspection requirements.
TITLE OF BILL:
An act to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to registration of street rods and custom vehicles
Relates to registration of street rods and custom vehicles.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1. Subdivision 7 of section 401 of vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new schedule M to read as follows: M, Schedule for street rods and custom vehicles. For each motor vehicle which is owned or operated as an exhibition piece or a collector's item, and which is used for participation in club activities, exhibits, tours, parades, occasional transportation and similar uses, but not used for general daily transportation, a onetime initial registration fee of twenty-three dollars.
JUSTIFICATION: As market trends come and go, it seems that the street rod and custom car segment remains a consistent and popular segment of the automotive aftermarket, For many vehicle enthusiasts in New York and throughout America, building, maintaining and enjoying their vehicles is a favorite pastime, preserving a slice of American History" The street rod group is made up of vehicles with body types from manufacture years prior to 1949. Unlike antiques or vehicles found in the restoration niche, street rods have been altered with new equipment and usually take advantage of the many technological advances and safety upgrades. This legislation is intended to facilitate the titling and registration of these vehicles in New York. Specifically, this legislation would provide registration classes and license plates for street rods and customs; provides that vehicles titled and registered as street rods and custom vehicles may only be used for occasional transportation, exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours etc. and not for general daily transportation; provides that a replica vehicle will be assigned the same model year designation as the production vehicle it most closely resembles; holds street rods and custom vehicles to the equipment requirements of the model year of the vehicle.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.4726 of 2007-08; Referred to Senate Transportation Committee S.3547/A.2429 of 2009-2010; Referred to Transportation S.201/A.2073 of 2011-2012; Referred to Transportation
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1103 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. MAZIARZ, DeFRANCISCO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Trans- portation AN ACT to amend the vehicle and traffic law, in relation to registration of street rods and custom vehicles THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subdivision 7 of section 401 of the vehicle and traffic law is amended by adding a new schedule M to read as follows: M. SCHEDULE FOR STREET RODS AND CUSTOM VEHICLES. FOR EACH MOTOR VEHI- CLE WHICH IS OWNED OR OPERATED AS AN EXHIBITION PIECE OR COLLECTORS ITEM, AND WHICH IS USED FOR PARTICIPATION IN CLUB ACTIVITIES, EXHIBITS, TOURS, PARADES, OCCASIONAL TRANSPORTATION AND SIMILAR USES, BUT NOT USED FOR GENERAL DAILY TRANSPORTATION, A ONE TIME INITIAL REGISTRATION FEE OF TWENTY-THREE DOLLARS. 1. (A)(I) A "STREET ROD" MEANS A MOTOR VEHICLE THAT: (1) IS A NINETEEN HUNDRED FORTY-EIGHT OR OLDER VEHICLE; OR THE VEHICLE WAS MANUFACTURED AFTER NINETEEN HUNDRED FORTY-EIGHT TO RESEMBLE A VEHI- CLE MANUFACTURED BEFORE NINETEEN HUNDRED FORTY-NINE; AND (2) HAS BEEN ALTERED FROM THE MANUFACTURER'S ORIGINAL DESIGN; OR HAS A BODY CONSTRUCTED FROM NON-ORIGINAL MATERIALS. (II) THE MODEL YEAR THAT IS LISTED ON THE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE OF A STREET ROD VEHICLE SHALL BE THE MODEL YEAR THAT THE BODY OF SUCH VEHICLE RESEMBLES. (B)(I) A CUSTOM VEHICLE MEANS ANY MOTOR VEHICLE THAT: (1) IS AT LEAST TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OLD AND OF A MODEL YEAR AFTER NINE- TEEN HUNDRED FORTY-EIGHT; OR WAS MANUFACTURED TO RESEMBLE A VEHICLE TWENTY-FIVE OR MORE YEARS OLD AND OF A MODEL YEAR AFTER NINETEEN HUNDRED FORTY-EIGHT; ANDEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD01280-01-3 S. 1103 2
(2) HAS BEEN ALTERED FROM THE MANUFACTURER'S ORIGINAL DESIGN; OR HAS A BODY CONSTRUCTED FROM NON-ORIGINAL MATERIALS. (II) THE MODEL YEAR THAT IS LISTED ON THE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE OF A CUSTOM VEHICLE SHALL BE THE MODEL YEAR THAT THE BODY OF SUCH VEHICLE RESEMBLES. 2. (A) IN APPLYING FOR A REGISTRATION UNDER THIS SCHEDULE, THE OWNER OF THE STREET ROD OR CUSTOM VEHICLE SHALL SUBMIT WITH THE APPLICATION A CERTIFICATION THAT THE VEHICLE FOR WHICH THE APPLICATION IS MADE: (I) WILL BE MAINTAINED FOR OCCASIONAL TRANSPORTATION, EXHIBITIONS, CLUB ACTIVITIES, PARADES, TOURS, AND SIMILAR USES; AND (II) WILL NOT BE USED FOR GENERAL DAILY TRANSPORTATION. (B) IN ADDITION TO THE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENT UNDER SUBPARAGRAPH (A) OF THIS PARAGRAPH, WHEN APPLYING FOR REGISTRATION OF A STREET ROD, THE NEW OWNER OF THE STREET ROD SHALL PROVIDE PROOF ACCEPTABLE TO THE COMMISSIONER THAT THE STREET ROD PASSED A SAFETY INSPECTION THAT HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE COMMISSIONER IN CONSULTATION WITH THE STREET ROD COMMUNITY IN THE STATE. 3. ON THE REGISTRATION OF A VEHICLE UNDER THIS SCHEDULE, THE COMMIS- SIONER SHALL ISSUE A SPECIAL STREET ROD OR CUSTOM VEHICLE REGISTRATION PLATE OF THE SIZE AND DESIGN AS THE COMMISSIONER DETERMINES IN CONSULTA- TION WITH THE STREET ROD COMMUNITY OR CUSTOM VEHICLE COMMUNITY, RESPEC- TIVELY, OF THE STATE. SUCH PLATES SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR THE OPERATION OF THE MOTOR VEHICLE LISTED ON THE REGISTRATION APPLICATION AND ON OTHER MOTOR VEHICLES WHICH WOULD QUALIFY FOR REGISTRATION UNDER THIS SCHEDULE OWNED BY PERSONS OTHER THAN THE REGISTRANT OR HIS AGENT IN ANTICIPATION OF POSSIBLE PURCHASE. 4. UNLESS THE PRESENCE OF THE EQUIPMENT WAS SPECIFICALLY REQUIRED BY THE LAW AS A CONDITION OF SALE IN THE YEAR LISTED AS THE YEAR OF MANU- FACTURE ON THE CERTIFICATE OF TITLE, THE PRESENCE OF ANY SPECIFIC EQUIP- MENT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR THE OPERATION OF A VEHICLE REGISTERED UNDER THIS SCHEDULE. 5. A STREET ROD OR CUSTOM VEHICLE MAY USE BLUE DOT TAIL LIGHTS FOR STOP LAMPS, REAR TURNING INDICATOR LAMPS, REAR HAZARD LAMPS, AND REAR REFLECTORS. FOR PURPOSES OF THIS SUBDIVISION, "BLUE DOT TAIL LIGHT" MEANS A RED LAMP INSTALLED IN THE REAR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE CONTAINING A BLUE OR PURPLE INSERT THAT IS NOT MORE THAN ONE INCH IN DIAMETER. 6. NO SUCH REGISTRATION WILL BE ISSUED UNLESS EVIDENCE OF FINANCIAL SECURITY, IN A FORM PRESCRIBED BY THE COMMISSIONER, IS SUBMITTED WHICH PROVIDES COVERAGE FOR THE MOTOR VEHICLE LISTED ON THE REGISTRATION APPLICATION AND FOR NON-OWNED MOTOR VEHICLES BEING OPERATED WITH SUCH PLATES. S 2. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 48 of section 375 of the vehicle and traffic law, as added by chapter 236 of the laws of 1988, such subdivi- sion as renumbered by chapter 278 of the laws of 1991, is amended to read as follows: (b) No person shall operate a passenger car registered in New York unless it is equipped with both a front and rear bumper, each securely fastened and with some part of the bumper located between sixteen inches and twenty inches above the ground. This provision shall not apply to a vehicle registered as an historical vehicle, A STREET ROD OR A CUSTOM VEHICLE PURSUANT TO SECTION FOUR HUNDRED ONE OF THIS CHAPTER. S 3. Subdivision (e) of section 301 of the vehicle and traffic law, as amended by chapter 608 of the laws of 1993, is amended to read as follows: (e) The requirements of air contamination emission system inspection shall not apply to historical motor vehicles registered pursuant toS. 1103 3
schedule G, OR TO STREET RODS AND CUSTOM VEHICLES REGISTERED PURSUANT TO SCHEDULE M of subdivision seven of section four hundred one of this chapter unless required by federal law. S 4. This act shall take effect immediately.