West Virginia Introduces SEMA-Model Inoperable Vehicle Legislation

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact the House Political Subdivisions Committee immediately to request support for H.B. 4047:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • H.B. 4047 states that municipalities and counties cannot implement ordinances or regulations prohibiting a person from engaging in the activities of an automotive collector.
  • H.B. 4047 protects hobbyists from unfair local ordinances by establishing reasonable provisions that collector vehicles and parts cars be concealed from public view by means of inside storage, suitable fencing, trees, shrubbery or other means. 
  • H.B. 4047 provides safeguards for automotive collectors to work on vehicles and maintain parts cars used to provide parts for the restoration of other vehicles out of public view on private property.  
  • H.B. 4047 demonstrates a real effort by legislators and hobbyists to enact reasonable and fair compromise legislation.

Overview: SEMA-model legislation (H.B. 4047) has been introduced by West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell to protect the activities of automotive collectors from the implementation of unfair municipality or country ordinances. This bill permits automotive collecting activities on residential property if the vehicles are kept out of ordinary public view. The bill awaits consideration in the House Political Subdivisions Committee.