Current State Statutes the 4C’s is Protecting (Updated per Public Act 09-187): Key Definitions

Subdivision (3) of Subsection (a) of Section 14-1 of the state statutes defines an "Antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle" as a motor vehicle twenty years old or older which is being preserved because of historic interest and which is not altered or modified from the original manufacturer's specifications;

Subdivision (49) of Subsection (a) of Section 14-1 of the state statutes defines a “Modified antique motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle twenty years old or older which has been modified for safe road use,  including, but not limited to, modifications to the drive train, suspension, braking system and safety or comfort apparatus.

Key Statutes:

Section 14-20 of the state statutes allows Number Plates for antique, rare or special interest motor vehicles and states: (a) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may issue special number plates for antique, rare or special interest motor vehicles, including antique, rare or special interest motor vehicles that have been modified, such special number plates to be issued on a permanent basis. The commissioner shall charge a fee for such plates which shall cover the entire cost of making the same. An owner of such antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle may use such owner's own porcelain number plate in place of the plates issued by the commissioner provided (1) such plate was originally issued by the department, and (2) such owner files with the commissioner a description and the number of such plate and any additional information the commissioner may require. (b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, section 14-18, and section 14-21b, the owner of such antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle may be authorized by the commissioner to display a number plate originally issued by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles corresponding to the year of manufacture of such antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle. The commissioner shall issue a certificate of registration, as provided in section 14-12 Such registration shall be valid, subject to renewal, as long as the commissioner permits. Thereafter, the registration number and number plates,

if any, which were assigned to such motor vehicle before such registration and number plates were issued under this section, shall be in effect. Each such number plate authorized for use by the commissioner shall be displayed in a conspicuous place at the rear of such motor vehicle at all times while the vehicle is in use or operation upon any public highway. A sticker shall be affixed to each such number plate to denote the expiration date of the registration, unless the commissioner authorizes the sticker, or other evidence of the period of the registration, to be placed elsewhere or carried in such motor vehicle. Such sticker may contain the corresponding letters and numbers of the registration and number plate. The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section.

Regarding Safety Inspections:

Sec. 14-16a. Inspection of older vehicles before or upon transfer of ownership. Historical or special interest fire apparatus. Antique, rare or special interest motor vehicles and modified antique motor vehicles. (a) The commissioner may require that each motor vehicle registered in this state which is ten model years old or older shall, within thirty days before transfer of ownership or upon such transfer, be presented for inspection, as directed by the commissioner, at any Department of Motor Vehicles office or any official emissions inspection station or other facility authorized by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to conduct such inspection. The vehicle shall be inspected to determine whether it is properly equipped and in good mechanical condition before registration is issued to the new owner of the vehicle. If the commissioner authorizes the contractor that operates the system of official emissions inspection stations or other business or firm, to conduct the safety inspections required by this subsection, the commissioner may authorize the contractor or other business or firm to charge a fee, not to exceed fifteen dollars, for each such inspection. The commissioner may authorize any motor vehicle dealer or repairer, licensed in accordance with section  14-52 and meeting qualifications established by the commissioner, to perform an inspection required by this section or to make repairs to any motor vehicle that has failed an initial safety inspection and to certify to the commissioner that the motor vehicle is in compliance with the safety and equipment standards for registration. No such authorized dealer or repairer shall charge any additional fee to make such certification to the commissioner. If the commissioner authorizes any such dealer or repairer to conduct safety inspections, such licensee may provide written certification to the commissioner, in such form and manner as the commissioner prescribes, as to compliance of any motor vehicle in its inventory with safety and equipment standards, and such certification may be accepted by the commissioner as meeting the inspection requirements of this subsection. 

(b) The following vehicles, upon transfer of ownership, shall be presented for inspection, as directed by the commissioner, at any Department of Motor Vehicles office or any official emissions nspection station authorized by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to conduct such inspection: (1) All motor vehicles ten model years old or older which are registered in this state and which were originally used or designed as fire apparatus and which are of historical or special interest as determined by the commissioner, (2) all antique, rare or special interest  motor vehicles, and (3) all modified antique motor vehicles. Any such vehicle shall be inspected to determine whether it is in good mechanical condition before registration can be issued to the new owner of such vehicle. The determination of the mechanical condition of a vehicle described in subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection shall be made by inspecting only the vehicle's original equipment and parts or the functional reproductions of the original equipment and parts. The mechanical condition of modified antique motor vehicles shall be determined by inspecting the original equipment and any functioning replacements of such equipment. The model year designation for the purpose of registration of a modified antique motor vehicle or a composite motor vehicle shall be the model year that the body of such vehicle most closely resembles. If the commissioner authorizes the contractor that operates the system of official emissions inspection stations or other business or firm, except a licensee of the department, to conduct the safety inspections required by this subsection, the commissioner may authorize the contractor or other business or firm tocharge a fee, not to exceed fifteen dollars, for each such inspection. The commissioner may authorize any motor vehicle dealer or repairer, licensed in accordance with section 14-52 and meeting qualifications established by the commissioner, to make repairs to any motor vehicle that has failed an initial safety inspection and to certify to the commissioner that the motor vehicle is in compliance with the safety and equipment standards for registration. No such authorized dealer or repairer shall charge any additional fee to make such certification to the commissioner. Sec. 14-16b. Inspection of damaged vehicles.

 Section 14-16b is repealed.

See Sec. 14-103a re inspection of reassembled, altered or rebuilt vehicles. 

Sec. 14-103a. Inspection of reassembled, altered or rebuilt vehicles.

Any motor vehicle that (1) has been reconstructed, (2) is composed or assembled from the several parts of other motor vehicles, (3) the identification and body contours of which are so altered that the vehicle no longer bears the characteristics of any specific make of motor vehicle, or (4) has been declared a total loss by any insurance carrier and subsequently reconstructed, shall be inspected by the commissioner to determine whether the vehicle is properly equipped, in good mechanical condition and in the possession of its lawful owner. The model year designation for the purpose of registration of a composite motor vehicle inspected in accordance with this section shall be the model year that the body of such composite motor vehicle most closely resembles. Such vehicle shall be presented for inspection at any Department of Motor Vehicles office to conduct such inspection. The commissioner may require any person presenting any such reassembled, altered or reconstructed vehicle for inspection to provide proof of lawful purchase of any major component parts not part of the vehicle when first sold by the manufacturer. The commissioner may require, in accordance with the provisions of this section, the inspection of any other motor vehicle that has not been manufactured by a person, firm or corporation licensed in accordance with the provisions of section 14-67a, as amended by this act. The fee for any inspection required by the provisions of this section shall be eighty-eight dollars. The inspection fee shall be in addition to regular registration fees. As used in this section, "reconstructed" refers to each motor vehicle materially altered from its original construction by the removal, addition or substitution of essential parts, new or used.

 Regarding Emissions Inspections: Section 14-164c(c) states:

The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section. Such egulations shall include provision for a periodic inspection of air pollution control equipment and e compliance with or waiver of exhaust emission standards or compliance with or waiver of on-board diagnostic standards or other standards defined by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and approved by the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, compliance with or waiver of, air pollution control system integrity standards defined by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection and compliance with or waiver of purge system standards defined by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. Such regulations may provide for an inspection procedure using an on-board diagnostic information system for all 1996 model year and newer motor vehicles. Such regulations shall apply to all motor vehicles registered or which will be registered in this state except:

(1) Vehicles having a gross weight of more than ten thousand pounds;

(2) vehicles powered by electricity; 

(3) bicycles with motors attached;

(4) motorcycles;

(5) vehicles operating with a temporary registration;

(6) vehicles manufactured twenty- five or more years ago; 

(7) new vehicles at the time of initial registration;

(8) vehicles registered but not designed primarily for highway use;

(9) farm vehicles, as defined in subsection (q) of section 14-49;

(10) dieselpowered type II school buses;

(11) a vehicle operated by a licensed dealer or repairer either to or from a location of the purchase or sale of such vehicle or for the purpose of obtaining an official emissions or safety inspection; or

(12) vehicles that have met the inspection requirements of section 14-103a and are registered by the commissioner as composite vehicles. On and after July 1, 2002, such regulations shall exempt from the periodic inspection requirement any vehicle four or less model years of age, beginning with model year 2003 and the previous three model years, provided that such exemption shall lapse upon a finding by the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency or by the Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation that such exemption causes the state to violate applicable federal environmental or transportation planning requirements. Notwithstanding any provisions of this subsection, the commissioner may require an initial emissions inspection and compliance or waiver prior to registration of a new motor vehicle. If the Commissioner of Environmental Protection finds that it is necessary to inspect motor vehicles which are exempt under subdivision (1) or (4) of this subsection, or motor vehicles that are four or less model years of age in order to achieve compliance with federal law concerning emission reduction requirements, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to require the inspection of motorcycles, designated motor vehicles having a gross weight of more than ten thousand pounds or motor vehicles four or less model years of age.

Regarding the Property Tax Limit:

Section 12-71(b) states:

(b) Except as otherwise provided by the general statutes, property subject to this section shall be valued at the same percentage of its then actual valuation as the assessors have determined with respect to the listing of real estate for the same year, except that any antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle, as defined in section 14-1, as amended by this act, shall be assessed at a value of not more than five hundred dollars. The owner of such antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle may be required by the assessors to provide reasonable documentation that such motor vehicle is an antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle, provided any motor vehicle for which special number plates have been issued pursuant to section 14-20, as amended by this act, shall not be required to provide any such documentation. The provisions of this section shall not include money or property actually invested in merchandise or manufacturing carried on out of this state or machinery or equipment which would be eligible for exemption under subdivision (72) of section 12-81 once installed and which cannot begin or which has not begun manufacturing, processing or fabricating; or which is being used for research and development, including experimental or laboratory research and development, design or engineering directly related to manufacturing or being used for the significant servicing, overhauling or rebuilding of machinery and equipment for industrial use or the significant overhauling or rebuilding of other products on a factory basis or being used for measuring or testing or metal finishing or in the production of motion pictures, video and sound recordings. 

August 2021 Legislative Report

  The 2021 Legislative Session began on January 6thThe 2021 Legislative Session began on January 6th and ended on June 9th. Special sessions followed shortly thereafter to vote on legalizing recreational cannabis and the budget implementing bill. As we had done in previous sessions, we retained the services of Hughes and Cronin Public Affairs Strategies to monitor legislation related to the antique auto hobby. In this monitoring capacity, Hughes andCronin informs us of the pending legislation. We report to you on any legislation potentially impacting the hobby and ask you to contact your legislators and help get favorable legislation passed, and unfavorable legislation defeated (i.e., a "grass roots" approach).No legislation was introduced in the 2021 Legislative Session that was adverse to the antique auto hobby. The table included in this newsletter summarizes the final status of bills related to the hobby and othertransportation related matters of interest that wereintroduced in the legislative session.There was no action on three bills of note included inthis table that I have reported on in previous newsletters. 

Senate Bill 1105 “An Act Eliminating the PropertyTax on Certain Motor Vehicles and Adjusting the Uniform Property Assessment Rate” proposes to eliminate the property tax on motor vehicles (with the exception of rental vehicles). The bill allows municipalities to increase the maximum assessed value on real property from 70% of fair market valueto a value not to exceed 100% of the fair market value. As noted in the May newsletter, the April 20th Public Hearing testimony was universally against the elimination of the motor vehicle tax. Subsequently,the bill was not reported out of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee. The bill concept was not brought up as an amendment to another bill that was debated on the House or Senate floor. There will be no change to the way motor vehicles are taxed by the towns in Connecticut.Senate Bill 1103:Senate Bill 1103 was introduced by the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee on April 14. The bill is not adverse to the antique auto hobby. The bill proposes to remove the current emissions inspectionexemption for motorcycles, and to establish decibellevel testing for motorcycles and motor vehicles whens aid vehicle is tested for emissions. The bill also proposed to establish a higher rate of sales and use taxes for motorcycles and aftermarket motorcycle mufflers that exceed a maximum allowable decibe llevel. In addition, the bill proposes to limit the Passport to the Parks fee to one vehicle per owner. Regarding emissions testing and decibel level testing DMV submitted written testimony in opposition to Senate Bill 1103. They also were opposed to the reduction in the Passport to the Parks fee. Much written testimony inc opposition to Senate Bill1103 was submitted. DEEP testified at the April 20th PubliHearing that limiting the fee will potentially result in State Park closures and/or reductions inservices. A substitute bill approved by the Finance Revenue and Bonding Committee and was filed with the Legislative Commissioners Office on April 22nd.The substitute bill that is on the Senate calendar continues to require emissions and decibel testing for motorcycles and motor vehicles despite DMV’s objection. The section limiting the Passport to the Parks fee to one vehicle per owner has been removed.This bill sat on the Senate calendar from May 10th until the end of the session with no action taken on it.Therefore, the bill will not become law this year.

Senate Bill 159  “AN ACT REDEFINING "ANTIQUE, RARE OR SPECIAL INTEREST MOTOR VEHICLE" TO INCLUDE A REPLICA VEHICLE” proposes to promote the interests of automobile collectors and enthusiasts. Specifically,Senate Bill 159 proposes: “That subdivision (3) of section 14-1 of the general statutes be amended to redefine "antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle" to include a replica vehicle, as defined in the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015, P. L. 114-94. As noted in my previous newsletter, Senate Bill 159 was referred to the Transportation Committee onJanuary 15th. There was no Public Hearing and no further action was taken on this bill in the 2021 Legislative Session.Classic Vehicle Plates on Composite Vehicles My current thinking is that it may be difficult to ge tthe Legislature and DMV to extend the issuance of Classic Vehicle plates to Composite Motor Vehicles. There are some challenges/concerns that likely would have to be addressed to make this happen.• Property taxes on motor vehicles is not revenue to the State, it is revenue to the local cities and towns. The State has had issues with funding municipalities and imposing restrictions on sources of revenue for those towns. Thelegislature may be reluctant to further limit the sources of revenue for municipalities. If we can understand from DMV how many Composite Vehicles are registered in Connecticut, that may support an argument this is not a significant loss of revenue to the municipalities.• Would we allow Composite vehicles manufacturedless than 20 years ago to get Classic Vehicle plates? Current Statutes indicate composite motor vehicles will be registered as the model year the vehicle most closely resembles. I don’t know if DMV actually registers a composite motor vehicleas the year it most closely resembles and also tracks the date of manufacture of that vehicle. Is it appropriate for a Composite vehicle manufactured in 2021 to have the maximum $500 assessment applied to it? To be successful, it appears appropriate to request a meeting with DMV leadership to understand how many composite vehicles are registered in the state and understand any concerns DMV’s may have regarding issuing classic motor vehicle plates to composite vehicles. It may make sense to include thisas an agenda item on the meeting along with the issuance of titles for antique motor vehicles that we have been putting off due to the on-going pandemic. At the June 7th 4C’s business meeting, we discussed requesting a meeting with DMV this summer after the conclusion of the 2021 Legislative Session and decided that would be the best course of action..If you have any feedback you would like to share on the potential for extension of the maximum $500 assessment to composite motor vehicles, feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Motor Vehicle Titles:As discussed above, we discussed contacting DMV regarding titles for our antique motor vehicles at the 4C’s Business Meeting. Frankly, I still have drafting the letter to DMV on my“to do” list. Other work/life issues have prevented me from doing that to date.

2021 Legislative Session Miscellany: At the end of the session, hundreds of bills that remained active in the House and Senate were not acted on. An agreement was reached on the $46 billion two-year budget, and how to use the $2.8 billion from the federal government from the Americans Rescue Plan. An agreement has been reached, and the Governor signed a measure for on-line gambling and sports betting. In a special session, an agreement was reached on the adult use of marijuana. A measure was passed to put a state-wide referendum question on the2022 Connecticut election ballots whether to allow early voting. A measure to allow “no excuse”absentee balloting did not receive the necessary votes,to move forward, but will likely be brought up in a future legislative session. On June 16th, the Governor signed a bill doubling the bottle deposit to 10 cents starting in January 2024. The bill also adds a nickel surcharge on single serving alcohol “nip” bottles will begin on October 1, 2021. As always, we will remain vigilant, and do our best to immediately report to you on any legislation impacting the antique auto hobby as the 2021 Legislative Session concludes. 

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