All Military Vehicles banned from road in Maryland

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Ajax MD

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I have just emailed the sponsors of the bill, calmly and politely pointing out some of the negative impacts, as written.
I've CC'd TMOMW on the email so that he can follow what I'm doing and make sure I don't screw it up.

I urge other Marylanders to do the same. Please POLITELY write these delegates and explain that the restrictions are a bit onerous on the hobbyists and would also negatively impact Maryland businesses and charities that safely and legally use FMV's in their daily operations. Give them the benefit of the doubt that they are on our side, for the moment.

kevin.hornberger@house.state.md.us
lauren.arikan@house.state.md.us
 

Ajax MD

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...and a little more:

I have taken the step of calling the sponsoring delegates' offices and speaking to their staff. When I pointed out some of the accidental consequences of the bill as written, they were very supportive of including amendments to the bill that will make it better. My conversations were positive and constructive, so I'm optimistic.
 

Jakelc15

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I'm following along. I hope you guys get something worked out.
I do not live in Md and can't help with legislation. But I do work for DOT in Md and can inspect commercial motor vehicles.
So if anyone actually uses their trucks commercially I can do your annual inspection.
Please don't bring me anything that you know doesn't pass!
 

Ajax MD

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As I understand it, HB-1148 will be submitted to the Maryland General Assembly on February 26th (9 days from today).

I'm hoping @TMOMW will come through with some well written amendments to the bill. I have never done anything like this and I'm drinking from a fire hose, trying to learn the processes and not make things worse. If TMOMW doesn't get back to us in time, I have written a set of amendments for the bill.

Marylanders: Please read HB-1148 and then read my suggested amendments below and provide some constructive input. Be realistic about your expectations. Remember that we live in a very blue state. We're not going to get daily transportation tags for your Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

These are the grossest errors that I'd like to correct:

As written, the bill requires ALL surplus MV's to obtain a safety inspection but carries onerous liimitations on use:
- NO surplus MV's may be used for daily transportation or commercial purposes.
- Numerous restrictions on use (occasional pleasure drives only, 125 mile radius mileage limitations, trips for maintenance and trips for club meetings/rallies, NOT to be used for daily transportation)
(This is very similar to Maryland's existing "Historic" registration limitations)

What I'd like to see:

- Surplus MV's *MAY ELECT* to obtain safety inspections for the purpose of obtaining "full use" registration and tags to allow the vehicle to be driven daily and used for commercial purposes. (I call this "The Mission BBQ Business Clause")
- Safety inspection will require vehicle to be equipped as it would have been at the date of manufacture. (type of seatbelts, ABS, mirrors, etc)
- Surplus MV's *MAY ELECT* to obtain a "Historic Surplus MV" license plate for hobbyists/enthusiasts. NO safety inspection required. Limitations of use are: NOT to be used for daily transportation, may be driven for pleasure drives, trips to maintenance facilities, parades, trips to clubs and rallies. NO MILEAGE LIMITATION. (I call this "The Enthusiast Clause")
- Any surplus MV currently registered may retain its current license plate and registration status or convert to one of the new types of registration at the discretion of the owner.
I'm really keen to kill any mileage limitation because rallies are often several hundred miles away. A 125 or 250 mile radius of operation would preclude attendence at most MV rallies or events.

These amendments should satisfy legislators who want FMV's to be maintained to a degree of safety if they are going to be driven frequently or in a commercial setting. Conversely, it reduces the burden of ownership for hobbyists and enthusiasts who only operate their FMVs casually or infrequently. The amendments give YOU THE OWNER the ability to choose your level of operation while also satisfying the desire to ensure the safety of the driving public.
 

Ajax MD

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Here's the latest update:

The bill sponsors have accepted our amendments and are working to incorporate them into the bill. We're giving them a day or so to do this and then we'll download and review the amended version. Fingers crossed that they apply our amendments correctly and we don't have to dive into this again because the bill goes before the General Assembly on 2/26.

Many thanks to @TMOMW for his encyclepidic knowledge of MVs, safety standards and regulations. He can de-bunk virtually any myth or misinformation and has the documentation and photographs to back it up.
 

Jeff MD

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Maryland
Here's the latest update:

The bill sponsors have accepted our amendments and are working to incorporate them into the bill. We're giving them a day or so to do this and then we'll download and review the amended version. Fingers crossed that they apply our amendments correctly and we don't have to dive into this again because the bill goes before the General Assembly on 2/26.

Many thanks to @TMOMW for his encyclepidic knowledge of MVs, safety standards and regulations. He can de-bunk virtually any myth or misinformation and has the documentation and photographs to back it up.
Was there any update on this bill? Did it get passed?
 

jeffhuey1n

SMSgt, USAF (Ret.)
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Left Maryland in ‘96. Got transferred to Iceland then to Montana. I took it in the shorts selling the house. If I hadn’t bought the house with my VA benefit, I’d have lost even more money. That’s beside the point. At this point, the best thing that happened to me and my family was getting our touches out of Maryland. It was bad and getting worse back then. I couldn’t imagine living in that septic tank these days.
 
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