February 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm #2080
Car folks in Washington State: Urgent Legislative Alert
Don’t let cities and counties take your cars away!
The Washington State Senate is dealing with a bill that will impact the collector car hobby. This bill (S.B. 5121), IF passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor, would prohibit cities or towns from enforcing an ordinance, development regulation, zoning regulation, or administrative practice that prevents automobile collectors from pursuing their hobby The Bill will next be heard by the Senate Rules Committee.
Under the bill, junked, wrecked or inoperable vehicles stored on private property would only require screening from public view. Six or fewer vehicles that are 30 years old or older, including one parts car, would be permitted for hobby vehicle restoration as long as restoration is an ancillary use of the property.
Strong support continues to be given by the national Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association and local members on behalf of Washington car enthusiasts.
“We believe that clear legal distinctions must be drawn between an owner using private property as a dumping ground and a vehicle enthusiast working to maintain, restore or construct a vehicle. That’s why we support S.B. 5121” Steve McDonald SEMA VP, Government Affairs.
“The bill provides safeguards for hobbyists to work on collector vehicles on private property,” continued McDonald, ” and it establishes reasonable provisions that vehicles be located out of ordinary public view by means of inside storage, fencing, trees, shrubbery, etc. and demonstrates a real effort by legislators and hobbyists to enact reasonable and fair compromise legislation.”
We Urge You to Contact All Members of the Senate Rules Committee (Complete List Provided Here – scroll down on page) Immediately to Request Their Support for S.B. 5121
* S.B. 5121 would permit the repair or modification of motor vehicles on private property that are undergoing restoration.
* S.B. 5121 would permit the maintenance of a parts car as a source of parts for motor vehicles undergoing restoration.
* S.B. 5121 permits the maintenance for restoration of vehicles 30 years old and older, which corresponds to the state’s definition of “collector vehicles.”
* S.B. 5121 establishes reasonable provisions that vehicles be located out of public view by means of suitable fencing, trees, shrubbery or other means.
* S.B. 5121 demonstrates a real effort by legislators and hobbyists to enact reasonable and fair compromise legislation.
Current Status of the Bill can be found here.
For Basic Information about the bill, READ MORE HERE :
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Senate Rules Committee to request their support for S.B. 5121. Thank you for your assistance.
A complete list of the Senators and their e-mail address can be found on SEMA’s Legislative Alert page here .
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