State Rep. John Patterson (D-Jefferson) announced that his commonsense proposal to update registered historical vehicle uses was recently signed into law.
On Friday, Gov. Kasich signed Senate Bill 194, which included provisions to allow historical vehicles owners to transport themselves to and from routine vehicle maintenance. Previously, historical vehicles in Ohio could only be driven for participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades and similar uses. The bill maintains the current prohibition on use for general transportation.
“By working closely with the Ohio Highway Patrol and the Ohio historical vehicle community, we were able to enact a law that provides legal clarity for both historical vehicle owners and law enforcement agencies,” Rep. Patterson said. “This bill will limit unnecessary traffic stops and will alleviate a major burden for historical car enthusiasts who are simply driving their vehicles for an oil or tire change.”
Rep. Patterson’s proposal was originally introduced as a stand-alone bill, House Bill 350, but was amended into S.B. 194 during the House committee process. S.B. 194 will take effect on May 29, 2014, 90 days from the day it was signed.