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Old 10-31-2011, 02:31 PM
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Low-Volume Vehicle Manufacturing Bill

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Congressman John Campbell (R-CA) has introduced a bipartisan bill, supported by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), to enable low volume car manufacturers to provide a range of specialty vehicles for customers nationwide. The legislation directs the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a regulatory structure to facilitate the production of these cars.
Here's (potentially) a step in the right direction. Assuming some decency regarding the italicized portion.

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As long as they pass the same safety, fuel economy and emissions tests as every other vehicle on the road its allright by me.

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Old 10-31-2011, 02:57 PM
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I expect it will be complicated by manufacturers making sure it doesn't re-establish a gray market.

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As long as they pass the same safery, fuel economy and emissions tests as every other vehicle on the road its allright by me.
Way to miss the point, entirely.
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Old 10-31-2011, 03:27 PM
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I expect it will be complicated by manufacturers making sure it doesn't re-establish a gray market.

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That's my best guess, as well. Hopefully they don't have enough money right now to counter-lobby whomever it is trying to pass this. I like to be optimistic.
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As long as they pass the same safery, fuel economy and emissions tests as every other vehicle on the road its allright by me.
Maybe the point is that it's outrageous to destroy 50 examples to certify a model of which they plan to build and sell a dozen. Or they'll accept analysis in place of destructive testing as they do with aircraft.

As long as it doesn't raise my liability or insurance premiums to have more exotics on the road...

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Way to miss the point, entirely.
So, the point is it's an end run around those requirements?
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So, the point is it's an end run around those requirements?
Yep. None of your business how safe my car is.
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Text of the bill here:

Bill Text - 112th Congress (2011-2012) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)

Sounds like a good start. I'd like to point out that on the emissions front, they are basically just trying to allow small volume light vehicle manufacturers to operate in a similar way to heavy truck manufacturers, in which it's the engine that gets certified for emission compliance, not the specific combination of engine and vehicle.
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it's the engine that gets certified for emission compliance, not the specific combination of engine and vehicle.
That sounds like an excellent way to go.

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Yep. None of your business how safe my car is.
On the contrary. Its everybody's business when we drive the same roads and share the same insurance poll.
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On the contrary. Its everybody's business when we drive the same roads and share the same insurance poll.
No it isn't. That's more of the same problem, monopolistic coercion and forced consumerism. Then again the complete annihilation of that type of ridiculousness: motorcycles.
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The motorcycle rates are perfect. Insurance companies love riders who don't wear helmets. No long term recuperation costs.
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As long as it doesn't legislate the homebuilt/kit car market (currently controlled by states, with little Feddle meddling) out of existence, I'm good with it.

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