Soliday’s bill helping Hoosier motorists advances to Senate

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, February 13, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 13, 2019) – State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) legislation providing better services to Bureau of Motor Vehicles customers recently advanced out of the House of Representatives.

Under Soliday’s legislation, the BMV would alert vehicle owners of manufacturer-issued safety recalls during the registration or renewal process. According to Soliday, this would better ensure the safety of vehicle owners and other motorists on the road.

“By law, car manufacturers are required to alert vehicle owners of any issued recalls on a car,” Soliday said. “However, if a vehicle changes owners, it can become more difficult to contact the correct person. By laying the groundwork for the BMV to inform owners of any open recalls, Hoosier motorists can be informed more quickly of potential safety issues and take steps to get their vehicles fixed.”

Soliday’s legislation also addresses the excise tax for owners of collector cars. Currently, if a car collector wants to renew the registration for a vehicle that has not been driven for an extended period of time, the owner must back-pay the excise tax for the time passed.

Under this bill, collector vehicles would be exempt from the motor vehicle excise tax if the owner submits an affidavit agreeing not to drive the vehicle. Should a car collector wish to register their vehicle and drive it on the road, they would only be taxed for the previous registration year and current registration year. Soliday said this commonsense change would save car collectors from unfair fees when renewing registrations.

“Revenue from excise taxes and registration fees goes to local governments, and could be used to fix local roads and bridges,” Soliday said. “Because most collector vehicles are not driven and do not cause wear and tear on local roads, owners of these cars should not have to pay these taxes. However, if they renew their registration with the intention of driving the vehicle on the road, they should not be saddled with excessive costs from the years the vehicle was being stored and maintained.”

House Bill 1506 now moves to the Senate for consideration. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) represents House
District 4, which includes a portion of Porter County. 

CAPTION: State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) presents his legislation providing better services to Bureau of Motor Vehicles customers Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in the House Chamber. Under Soliday’s proposal, the BMV would alert vehicle owners of manufacturer-issued safety recalls during the registration or renewal process. After a unanimous vote of support in the House of Representatives, the bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.