SEMA model legislation (H.B. 143) that would create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles was approved today by the Utah House of Representatives and has been sent to the Utah Senate for consideration. H.B. 143 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 kit cars and replica vehicles to be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble.

* H.B. 143 provides specific registration and titling classes for street rods and customs, including kits and replicas. Street rods are of a pre-1949 vintage; custom cars are at least 25-years old and of a model year after 1948.

* H.B. 143 requires that the title of a replica vehicle must clearly indicate that the vehicle is a replica and not an original.

* H.B. 143 allows for the use of non-original materials and creates a titling and registration criterion that assigns these vehicles the same model year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble.

* H.B. 143 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.

* H.B. 143 recognizes the immeasurable amount of time, money and attention automotive enthusiasts invest in their hobby cars. Street rods and custom cars are the same crowd pleasers that participate in exhibitions and as parade vehicles, and whose owners regularly contribute to charities and civic events. This legislation represents an opportunity to acknowledge this family hobby and to protect it for future generations.