The Senate Transportation Committee unanimously passed Senate Bill 5585 during an executive session Monday evening. Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, sponsored the measure on behalf of hot rod buffs and automobile enthusiasts.
“Often these hobbyists will buy a kit and build a car from the wheels up, or start with nothing more than a chassis and restore a classic automobile from various parts they’ve found in scrap yards,” said Carrell, himself an auto enthusiast. “These parts won’t necessarily come from the same make and model vehicle as the chassis, so they’ll end up with an engine from a 1999 Chevy, a braking system from a 2010 Dodge, and a custom transmission built in a machine shop – all under the body of a 1948 Ford.”
The measure would modify vehicle registration and title laws to clarify classes for street rods and custom-built cars, including kits and replicas, allowing owners to license their vehicles using the same model-year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble. The bill also exempts street rods and customs from a range of standard-equipment requirements and emissions inspections.
“I’m very pleased that the committee supported this idea,” Carrell said. “I’ve gotten dozens of phone calls and e-mails from car buffs and hobbyists thanking me for proposing this legislation, which will establish constancy for both custom car builders and the state.”
The bill also requires that vehicles titled and registered as street rods and custom vehicles only be used for occasional transportation – such as parades, tours, auto shows, etc. SB 5585 now moves to the full Senate for consideration.