Midwest People & Places - March 2018

MIDWEST

Two license plate bills have been introduced in the South Dakota House of Representatives. The first bill would increase the mileage limitation from 6,000 to 9,000 miles per year for special-interest vehicles and permit the vehicles to have personalized plates. A second bill would allow historic vehicles to have a single plate. Under current law, a “historic car” is a motor vehicle that is more than 30 years old, and a “special-interest vehicle” is a motor vehicle that is collected, preserved, restored or maintained by the owner as a leisure pursuit, and is not used for general or commercial transportation. Both bills have passed the House Transportation Committee and been sent to the House Floor.

Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska were ranked as three of the best states for driving based on average gas prices, traffic congestion and road quality, reports personal-finance website WalletHub. It also states that Missouri has the lowest average regular gas price, $2.266 per gallon, which is 1.5 times lower than in Hawaii, the state with the highest at $3.301 per gallon.

The Association of Diesel Specialists (ADS) announced it will re-locate operations from Kansas City to new headquarters location in Gainesville, Va. (Washington D.C. area).  ADS will continue to be led by Executive Director David Fehling. The transition to the new location and new team is expected to take place in April. “The ADS Board of Directors is always seeking ways to advance the association,” Fehling said. “After a thorough review, the Board unanimously and enthusiastically decided this move and new team will dramatically enhance the value of membership.”

An Iowa bill was introduced that allows for window tinting if it meets the minimum standard of 35 percent light transmittance. The bill has been introduced and referred to a transportation subcommittee. For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Daniel Ingber at stateleg@sema.org.

Nebraska introduced a bill to ease titling and registration of specially constructed vehicles. It is a version of SEMA-model legislation to ease the process by which replica, assembled, kit and reconstructed cars are titled and registered has been introduced. The bill is currently awaiting a hearing in the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Daniel Ingber at stateleg@sema.org.

Elijah Keever, owner of Keever Auto & Ag, Lincoln, Kan., is among five service centers across the U.S. named an ACDelco 2017 Top Shop. As participants in ACDelco’s Professional Service Center (PSC) program, the shops have excelled in prioritizing customer service, building talented teams that operate state-of-the-art facilities, and showcasing leadership in their communities. ACDelco awarded each winner an all-expense paid trip for two to the 2017 AAPEX. “This was an amazing trip starting with being honored as an ACDelco Top Shop, a day of high-performance driving, and the opportunity to attend AAPEX and SEMA,” Keveer said. “Working with ACDelco as a PSC has been great and I am proud to be a Top Shop winner.”

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