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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:23 pm 
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I saw in the last board meeting, that there is an issue that may affect us all, and the club is donating $2,000. just wondering what it is that the texas dune buggy group is doing that is so concerning?

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:47 pm 
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I don't have a specific answer, but it may be related to the State of Texas recently trying to wholesale revoke dune buggy and special construction vehicle registrations in an attempt to remove vehicles from the roadway that don't meet their current safety standards. That would be a bad precedent to set for us if it were to get traction in other States too.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 1:55 pm 
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yikes! thank you


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:26 pm 
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That is correct, the State of Texas has decided that a Dune Buggy is not qualified to be registered for on-road use. They had started to revoke registration of previously registered Dune Buggies by way of letters and instructing the owners to return their titles and plates.

We petitioned the TxDMV for an administrative code change with the help of Mr. Ron Hinkle a Legislative Consultant.

At this time, the State of Texas is not revoking any more titles but is not issuing any more registration for Dune Buggies.

At the last TxDMV BOD meeting, video available here: http://texasdmv.swagit.com/play/12072017-506, the DMV officials presented a detailed definition of the Federal and State (TX) legislation concerning the fabrication/modification of vehicles and the requirements for titling.

The most concerning findings presented were around the federal legislation on what constitute a manufacturer and the responsibility/liabilities of a hobbyist building a Dune Buggy in their garage. The other concerning findings were around the federal requirements of building a dune buggy today. In the eyes of federal law, a vehicle being built (or modified) today needs to adhere to today's standards (airbags, crash tests, SRS, etc).

The TxDMV has committed to create a committee to review the situation and hopefully amend the administrative code that prevent the Dune Buggy from being registered in the state of TX. The Manx Club is very concerned that this decision of the state of Texas could bleed into other states and we've decided to actively support the local efforts to ensure our hobby can continue.

Hope this helps...


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:33 pm 
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it helps, thank you. in my state I am sometimes looked upon as an outlaw, but a open wheeled " T " bucket kit car is applauded.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:53 pm 
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Watch the whole video http://texasdmv.swagit.com/play/12072017-506 . There is some "scary" stuff in there that may affect all of us if other states start paying attention to the federal laws. Tom


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