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Del. law exempts vehicles 25+ years old from emissions tests

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DOVER, Del. (June 24, 2014) — Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law legislation to exempt reconstructed vehicles more than 25 years old from emissions testing.

According to the Specialty Equipment Market Association’s SEMA eNews online newsletter, in Delaware “reconstructed vehicle” means a “vehicle which has been assembled or constructed largely by means of essential parts, new or used, derived from other vehicles or makes of vehicles of various names, models and types, or which, if originally otherwise constructed, has been materially altered by the removal of essential parts or by the addition or substitution of essential parts, new or used, derived from other vehicles or makes of vehicles.”

Under the new law, the vehicle must continue to meet and be inspected for safety and anti-tampering requirements for its model year, SEMA said. Vehicles exempt from emissions testing can only be used for participation in club activities, exhibits, tours, parades and similar uses, but not for general transportation or more than 1,000 miles per year.

More details about the law are available from SEMA’s contact Steve McDonald at

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