Idaho Wilderness Bill Threatens To Close Trails
A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate to create a large, new wilderness reserve in central Idaho has been endorsed by the Obama administration. The legislation threatens to designate nearly 330,000 acres of land in central Idaho as wilderness, the most restrictive designation that can be placed on public lands. SEMA opposes the legislation as drafted since many off-highway vehicle (OHV) trails in the Sawtooth and Challis National Forests could be closed as a result of its passage. For nearly a decade, lawmakers have proposed several variations of the Boulder/White Clouds Wilderness bill, also known as the "Central Idaho Economic Development and Recreation Act." The current bill is pending before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. There has been no action in the House. Wilderness legislation is consequential since it potentially denies access to off-roaders and the equipment that they purchase, much of which is manufactured by SEMA members. SEMA supports land-use decisions that allow local communities and government authorities to participate in the decision-making process. Within that context, SEMA supports compromise approaches on wilderness areas that balance the need to preserve access to appropriate motorized recreation while protecting some of our nation's natural wonders. This would include "cherry-stemmed roads," which are corridors within wilderness areas that allow motorized recreation.
California Bill Fails To Pass Committee
After passing in the Assembly with the full support of the automotive hobbyist community, the California Senate Transportation Committee failed to approve legislation to increase the registration limit for exempted specially constructed vehicle registrations from 500 to 750 vehicles per year. The bill was defeated on a 3 to 5 vote.
Current law provides for emissions-system certification and a model-year designation for specially constructed vehicles. Under the law, vehicle owners choose whether a smog-test referee certifies the engine model year or the vehicle model year. To determine model year, inspectors compare the vehicle to those of the era that the vehicle most closely resembles. If there is no close match, it is classified as a 1960 vehicle. Only those emissions controls applicable to the model year and that can be reasonably accommodated by the vehicle are required.
The Department of Motor Vehicles provides a new registration to the first 500 specially constructed vehicles per year that meet the criteria.
eBay Motors Announces People's Picks Survey
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eBay Motors is calling all enthusiasts-motorheads, wrenchheads, gearheads-to pick favorites in the automotive world. Underway as of August 1, the eBay Motors People's Picks Survey gives enthusiasts the opportunity to voice their opinions on a worldwide stage-from the best muscle cars, to the most modifiable tuners, to the toughest trucks.
Opinion polling will be conducted in ten separate categories, including a category all about cars in our culture-Worst Car Name? Best First Date Car? You get the idea. Voters are encouraged to share their opinions with friends through social media to start arguments-er, encourage dialogue. Those who vote will have a chance to win up to $50,000 worth of prizes, including a trip to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas in November. To add your opinion, visit www.vote.eBayMotors.com.