Updated 11/07/06

MASSACHUSETTS

Antique motor car: any motor vehicle over twenty-five years old which is maintained solely for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades and other functions of public interest and which is not used primarily for the transportation of passengers or goods over any way, provided that the application for registration thereof is accompanied by an affidavit upon a form provided by the registrar which shall include a statement of the age and intended use of such motor vehicle.

Assembled Vehicle: a unique vehicle constructed from parts of other motor vehicles.

Kit Car: a unique vehicle or a replica of any vehicle, the production volume of which is less than 500 vehicles per year.

Massachusetts Street Rods/Customs: SAN model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was pending in the House Ways and Means Committee at the close of the Massachusetts regular session. The bill had already been approved by the Joint Transportation Committee. The bill 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. The bill may be considered in a special legislative session later this year.

Massachusetts Exhaust Noise: A SAN-opposed bill to ban the sale or installation of "an exhaust system which has been modified in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the exhaust" was not considered by the Massachusetts State House of Representatives before the legislature adjourned for the year. Like previous efforts in Massachusetts, the bill ignored the fact that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions; did not supply law enforcement with a clear standard to enforce, allowing them to make subjective judgments on whether or not a modified exhaust system is in violation; and would have made it difficult for hobbyists to replace factory exhaust systems with more durable, better performing options. Though unlikely, the bill could be revived in special session later this year.

Massachusetts Tire Efficiency Bill: Legislation that would have required the development of a statewide program to mandate that replacement tires for passenger cars and light trucks be as energy efficient as tires sold as original equipment died when the Massachusetts Legislature adjourned for the year. While the bill contained a SAN-drafted exemption for some hobbyist tires, including limited-production and off-road tires, SAN opposed the measure since the replacement tire efficiency program conflicted with federal law by regulating fuel economy, competed with Federal consumer information requirements and essentially set a 50-state standard.