Lawrence Lauds Passage of Antique Motorcar Bill
HARRISBURG – Rep. John Lawrence (R-Chester) today hailed Gov. Tom Corbett’s signing of House Bill 1203, which makes the operation of antique automobiles with period-correct Pennsylvania license plates a reality. Revenue raised from the legislation will be directed toward needed road and bridge repairs in Pennsylvania.
Authored by Lawrence, this legislation has drawn wide support from car enthusiasts throughout Pennsylvania. The Hershey-based Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) strongly endorsed the proposal, and contacted Lawrence urging it become law.
“Pennsylvania annually hosts a number of internationally recognized car shows, creating a substantial positive economic impact well into the millions of dollars,” Lawrence said. “As a nationwide nexus of antique automobile hobbyists, it is long overdue for Pennsylvania to be in line with more than 45 other states that allow the display of vintage license plates on vintage automobiles.”
Steve Moskowitz, executive director of the AACA, said the new law allows antique vehicles to finally be accurate in every detail, if an owner so desires.
“Passage of this legislation is good news for thousands of antique car owners in Pennsylvania,“ Moskowitz said. “As car owners continue to preserve our country’s automotive heritage they can legally operate their vehicles on public highways with authentic plates from the year of manufacture. This is more than a convenience or a nice touch, but rather a further authentication of historical vehicles which only adds to the rich public contribution of our automobiles.”
With more than 60,000 members worldwide, the AACA is recognized as the nation’s leading organization dedicated to the preservation, display, and enjoyment of antique automobiles.
Lawrence serves the 13th Legislative District, located in Southern Chester County in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Elected to the General Assembly in 2010, he is a lifelong AACA member.
State Representative John Lawrence
13th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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