Certain members of Nevada’s state legislature have laid out their plans to close so-called loopholes in the state law dictating what constitutes a classic car.
These changes could put at jeopardy enthusiasts’ ability to own and operate their beloved vehicle, and it’s all in the name of combating global warming.
While nothing is set in stone---so far these are just ideas---it sounds like legislation will be presented for consideration this year.
One of the people who spoke during a recent Zoom meeting with the Nevada Conservation League was Rudy Zamora, who reportedly is working with Assemblyman Howard Watts on legislation which would modify the classification for classic cars. Currently, if a vehicle is more than 20 years old, it can be registered as a classic in Nevada.
The report isn’t entirely clear how that classification would be altered, so that’s something to scrutinize once the legislation is unveiled.
It does go on about how people supposedly skirting the law by following it negatively impacts low-income and minority communities the most, since “high-traffic corridors” cut through their neighborhoods and they’re forced to breathe air from the older cars that aren’t forced to pass a smog test.
Here’s where the reasoning gets a little foggy: in the report, Watts is quoted as admitting driving older vehicles “is often something of a necessity [for] small businesses and entrepreneurs and low-income families,” but those groups often can’t afford to fix whatever makes their vehicle flunk the smog check.
However, the goal is still to get the non-compliance vehicles repaired or off the road. Though there’s zero mention how far back in age they want to go with this initiative, one would assume a 20-year-old car would no longer qualify as a classic and get the variance.
Another part of the plan would be to increase the smog fee for all vehicle owners in Nevada. Everyone loves paying more fees without getting anything for it, that’s Government 101. But wait, there’s more.
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