Pro-Hobby Bills Reintroduced in New York Assembly as Legislature Reconvenes

A variety of pro-hobby bills, including SEMA model legislation, have been reintroduced in the New York State Assembly for the 2020 legislative session. These bills are pending before the Transportation Committee and may be scheduled to be heard at any time.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact the Assembly Transportation Committee to request support for A.B. 4670 and A.B. 4906:

You may use the following points in your message:

A.B. 4670 — Creates a vehicle titling and registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles. The bill defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948.

  • The bill allows for the use of non-original materials and creates a titling criterion that assigns these vehicles the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble. 
  • The bill exempts street rods and customs from a range of standard equipment requirements (only that equipment required in the model year that the vehicle resembles) and emissions inspections.
  • The bill 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.
  • The bill provides for special license plates for street rods and custom vehicles and permits the use of blue dot taillights.

A.B. 4906 — Reduces safety inspections from annual to biennial for antique, classic, and collector vehicles.

  • The bill would require a biennial inspection instead of an annual inspection for antique, classic, and collector vehicles. 
  • The bill recognizes that these vehicles are generally driven significantly fewer miles on New York roadways than other passenger vehicles, making the annual inspection an undue burden on hobbyists.