Legislation (A.B. 1740) in the California Assembly to eliminate the requirement that specially constructed vehicle registrations be limited to only the first 500 vehicles per year was not approved by the Transportation Committee on March 22. However, a modified version of the bill will be reconsidered by the committee on April 5, 2010. Under the amendment, the registration limit would be increased from 500 to 750 per year.

We Urge You to Contact Members of the Assembly Transportation Committee (List Attached) Immediately to Request Their Support for the Amended A.B. 1740

* Under current California policy, specially constructed vehicles that do not receive one of the 500 sequence numbers are subject to a "muddied" titling, registration and smog check process.

* A.B. 1740 will help mitigate the "black market" value of these 500 sequence numbers which are often sold on e-bay and other on-line auction sites.

* A.B. 1740 recognizes the minimal impact specially constructed vehicles have on air quality.

* A.B. 1740 recognizes the fact that specially constructed vehicles are overwhelmingly well-maintained and infrequently driven.

* A.B. 1740 will help allow vehicle owners to confidently take advantage of a newly-enacted vehicle registration amnesty program for specially constructed vehicles that were previously registered or classified incorrectly. Under the new law, the DMV will grant amnesty from prosecution to vehicle owners if certain conditions are met, including the owner filing a completed application with the department.

DON'T DELAY! Please contact members of the Assembly Transportation Committee today to urge support for the amended A.B. 1740.

California Assembly Transportation Committee

Bonnie Lowenthal - Chair
Phone: 916/319-2054
Email: Assemblymember.Lowenthal@assembly.ca.gov

Kevin Jeffries - Vice Chair
Phone: 916/319-2066
Email: Assemblymember.Jeffries@assembly.ca.gov

Bill Berryhill
Phone: 916/319-2026
Email: Assemblymember.Bill.Berryhill@assembly.ca.gov

Bob Blumenfield
Phone: 916/319-2040
Email: Assemblymember.Blumenfield@assembly.ca.gov

Joan Buchanan
Phone: 916/319-2015
Email: Assemblymember.Buchanan@assembly.ca.gov

Mike Eng
Phone: 916/319-2049
Email: Assemblymember.Eng@assembly.ca.gov

Warren T. Furutani
Phone: 916/319-2055
Email: Assemblymember.Furutani@assembly.ca.gov

Cathleen Galgiani
Phone: 916/319-2017
Email: Assemblymember.Galgiani@assembly.ca.gov

Mary Hayashi
Phone: 916/ 319-2018
Email: Assemblymember.Hayashi@assembly.ca.gov

Jeff Miller
Phone: 916/319-2071
Email: Assemblymember.Miller@assembly.ca.gov

Assemblymember Connie Conway
Phone: 916/319-2034
Email: Assemblymember.Conway@assembly.ca.gov

Roger Niello
Phone: 916/319-2005
Email: Assemblymember.niello@assembly.ca.gov

Chris Norby
Phone: 916/319-2072
Email: Assemblymember.Norby@assembly.ca.gov

Anthony J. Portantino
Phone: 916/319-2044
Email: Assemblymember.Portantino@assembly.ca.gov

Jose Solorio
Phone: 916/319-2069
Email: Assemblymember.Solorio@assembly.ca.gov

Thank you for your prompt attention. Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org