Short notice, sorry.
This Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009 at 10:15am, there will be a hearing at the State Capitol for AB-592, a proposal to restrict historic military vehicles. Now, you might not care too much about these old green trucks, but what happens at this hearing will likely effect someone you know, and maybe you and your car. Here’s what I know.
Sen. Ted Zigmunt (R), has introduced this bill to “clarify” the registration of historic military vehicles (HMVs). Here’s a link: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/AB-592.pdf Here’s the notice: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/AB592hst.html
In short, this bill will limit any ex-military vehicles to “display and parade purposes”. It also allows DOT to refuse registration if the vehicle is not in the proper “design and markings”. Can you imagine if a DOT employee refused to register your vehicle because the paint was glossy instead of matte, or the star was the wrong size, or it had desert camouflage instead of jungle stripes?? Or what if you changed the box of your truck? Many trucks are delivered without any box, and are routinely altered to suit new purposes. Is a topper illegal? Do you trust the DOT to know the difference?
Here’s why this is important to you:
Included in this bill is a section about antique imported vehicles (ex-military in this case), and these are going to be restricted to display-only operation. Currently, these vehicles, and allantique imported vehicles are allowed to be registered as the owner chooses. Think 1970 Leland Mini, or foreign-market Jag..
Once DOT gets some of these cars pulled off the road, you can bet your britches that they’ll be going after more. You know what all of these vehicles have in common? None of them have a little sticker from NHTSA that says the vehicle met FMVSS safety standards. The same is true for every pre-1968 vehicle too!
You’d like to believe that it won’t happen, but it already happened to me in Sept. 2007 when DOT rescinded my title and license on my Steyr-Puch Pinzgauer. I filed an appeal, and won, which made DOT reregister us. But they’re refusing to register them again now. (I can give you names and numbers of guys effected.) Here’s a link to the decision where the judge ruled that my truck had to be reregistered: http://dha.state.wi.us/home/Decisions/DOT/2008/tr080027.pdf
Please attend this hearing. Urge them not to accept the restriction on the use of any vehicles, so long as the vehicle can meet current equipment requirements, which are detailed in the Wisconsin Administrative Code, Chapter 305: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/code/trans/trans305.pdf
Urge them not to accept requirements on “design and markings”, it’s too ambiguous.
If you can’t attend, call your senator and your assembly representative. Get involved. Here’s a link to locate your elected officials:http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx
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