Historic vehicle owners across the state of Maryland are receiving notice of the new Historic Motor Vehicles law that was passed last year. The notice mailed to vehicle owners that fall within the law’s changes reads:
“Dear Historic Vehicle Owner.
Effective October 1, 2016, Maryland law regarding Historic Motor Vehicles will change. The changes impact how a Historic Motor Vehicle may be operated. A Maryland registered historic vehicle may no longer be used for transportation to and from employment, school, or for commercial purposes. In addition, historic vehicles with a model year of 1986 or newer may be subject to safety equipment repair orders issued at roadside by law enforcement.
Thank you for your cooperation with this change. Should you have any questions regarding your historic registration, please contact the MVA Customer Service Center at 1-800-950-1MVA or 410-768-7000. You may also contact us via our website at www.mva.maryland.gov.
Vehicle Services Division”
Bill Booz posted publically the example of the letter he received with comments worrying about how this change may impact local classic cruise nights in the area.
Posted by SEMA in May of this year, the law means minor changes for historic vehicles. “Legislation that makes minimal changes to Maryland’s historic vehicle requirements was signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan. As introduced, the bill appeared to subject historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to undergo periodic safety inspections. However, an amended version of the new law specifically excludes historic vehicles from the requirement that they receive an inspection certificate prior to titling and registration.
The law does prohibit the use of historic vehicles for employment, transportation to employment or school and for commercial purposes. The bill also subjects historic vehicles of model-year ’86 and later to equipment repair orders. These repair orders would be issued for vehicle safety equipment that is in disrepair, and would require a subsequent inspection to determine that the repair had been effected. The new law does not change the age requirement for historic vehicles, does not require that an historic vehicle be insured by a show or antique vehicle insurance policy and does not require that the owner have a “daily driver” vehicle registered in Maryland.”
The new laws are currently reflected on the Maryland government’s website reading:
“How do I register a vehicle as an historic vehicle?
To be registered as a historic vehicle (class L), your vehicle must be a passenger vehicle, motorcycle or truck (with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or less): be 20 calendar years old or older and must not have been substantially altered, remodeled or remanufactured from the manufacturers original design.
A vehicle registered as historic cannot be used for general daily transportation, or primarily for the transportation of passengers or property on highways. It can only be used in exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours, occasional transportation and similar uses. A trailer does not qualify for historic registration.
A historic registration may also be issued to a truck with a GVWR in excess of 10,000 pounds, a tractor or a motor home as long as the vehicle is 25 calendar years old or older. The vehicle cannot be substantially altered, remodeled or remanufactured from its original design. Vehicles issued historic tags under these criteria cannot be used for occasional transportation, or for any commercial transportation of passengers or property on highways. A historic vehicle in this category must be insured by a Historic Vehicle, Show Vehicle, or Antique Vehicle insurance policy.
If your historic vehicle is 60 years old or older, you may obtain a permanent, non-transferable registration for a one-time fee. Note: A historic motor vehicle 60 years old or older do not qualify for a special registration plates since they require an annual registration fee.
Note: A Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate is not required to register this vehicle.”