News from the GCVCC Legislative Advocacy Committee
We write to express our support for AB 220, which would exempt motor vehicles manufactured prior to 1983 from the smog check requirement for the purpose of registering the vehicle with the DMV.
AB 220 is not suggesting major changes; rather updating the model year of the vehicle to stay relatively modern while still allowing a substantial gap by the definition of a “classic or antique car” as it pertains to the smog check requirement. AB 2683 (Lieber, Chapter 704, Statues of 2004), which eliminated the 30-year rolling exemption, recognized that smog check testing does not make sense for certain vehicles such as collector cars. California law needs to be adjusted to continue to provide relief for vehicles such as classic cars that are rarely driven. The smog check program is intended to target vehicles that are driven as a primary vehicle. Insurance requirements on classic cars ensure that they are not primary vehicles and cannot be driven more than 2,500 miles per year.
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