I'd like to know what SAN is doing to open up individual State's awareness that they need & should incorporate more tracks (drag strips, road racing, auto crossing, moto-crossing, etc) and more dedicated open space for the off-roaders (4x4's, quads, cycles, etc)?
Don't the States realize that by doing so, they are not only creating jobs, but, they are keeping teens/adults from street racing and allowing areas for off-roaders to actually have fun (and being responsible) - not to mention that some of the monies gained from such facilities would also be benefitting the State?
What is SAN also doing with regards to getting more States to follow an "emissions exempt" status for say vehicles older than "XX" years (meaning those outside of any State specific Collector Car, Hot Rod, Historic registration processes)? By doing this, the State is actually saving money by not having to employ so many DMV employees for their State owned Inspection facilities with regards to the emissions testing process (for those applicable). Now, I don't mean this from an aspect to bypass any emissions laws, but, more so to run a leaner and more efficient process, whereas it's not really cost effective to still require emissions testing for vehicles that are say 15-20+ years old. Also, why have a Federal Emissions law, when some States don't even require emissions testing...
What does SAN think about Vehicle Manufacturers trying to deny legitimate warranty claims for Owners who have installed aftermarket equipment that has absolutely no bearing, association or impact to the repair needed on that vehicle?
Does SAN get involved with creating awareness within the Gov't that there need to be stiffer penalties and/or Laws to protect the Automotive Consumers against the manufacturing, production, import of & retail sales of counterfeit or "less than safe" (ie: non-DOT approved) Automotive crash replacement parts and/or sheet metal goods?
QUESTION for Corral: Can or will the Corral allow (with SEMA/SAN's authorization) that supporting SAN Members be allowed a small clickable button icon to be inserted under a Corraler's Signature line (about the same size as Mike D's Avatar icon)? This would not only create more visibility and awareness to what SAN represents, but we would proudly display that we are supporters of SAN as well. Majority Rule.
Very good questions. Thanks for asking. First off, SAN does have graphics that can be used/displayed by SAN members. Please visit www.SEMASAN.com
and move all the way to the bottom at "SAN Info."
We are always looking at new and innovative avenues to promote vehicle usage. For example, a bill (HB6377; http://www.semasan.com/main/main.aspx?id=62825
) has been introduced this session in Michigan that would promote legal racing by simplifying the permit process for event organizers. Under this bill, organizers would have to secure just a county permit as opposed to one at each level (federal, state, or local) along the race route. HB6377 allows airports to be used for legal racing events, providing local governments the authority to close airport runways for such use. In terms of off-highway vehicles (OHV), we are constantly monitoring legislation and regulatory efforts to ensure that access to public land is not limited to that community of enthusiasts.
With regards to emissions exemptions on older vehicles, that is something we do pursue. When we can, we try to get such legislation on the books. New Jersey enacted legislation in 2010 extending the emissions exemption to cars five model years or newer. When attempts are made to impose further limitations on emissions, we actively work to defeat them. Just this year in California, lawmakers tried to pass language that would have required yearly smog-checks for vehicles 15+ years old. SAN defeated that bill. In Colorado, the legislature sought to reset to 1959 the latest model year at which a vehicle was exempted from emissions tests (currently, â€™75 and older are exempted). SAN also defeated this proposal.
In reference to your final point about non-DOT approved parts, feel free to contact [email protected]