New House Bill aims to protect and maintain country’s vintage car scene

Should this pass?
by Drei Laurel | Jan 25, 2021
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There are laws in place to protect historical landmarks, buildings, and relics, so why not protect historical cars as well?

Classic cars are part of our history 

This is the mindset House deputy speaker Wes Gatchalian had when he co-authored House Bill No. 8244, entitled An Act Regulating the Use and Registration of Vintage Automobiles and Other Historical, Classic, or Collector Motor Vehicles.

Basically, classic cars and vehicles will be treated under the law as “economic assets” that are “considered as part and parcel of our history and heritage.” Besides putting in place policies for their preservation and promoting the production of spare parts, HB 8244 aims to create an environment favorable for people who maintain and repair such vehicles.

“In a world beset by the pandemic and threatened by recession, it is important to explore the economic opportunities described above, to create jobs for mechanics, tinsmiths, craftsmen, painters, laborers, shop owners, and small and medium industries, while at the same time preserving the country’s heritage in its motoring history,” the bill states.

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A testimony to ingenuity and skill

In a statement published on his official Facebook page, Gatchalian expressed his desire to “protect our country’s cultural and historical assets.”

“Part of this, though overlooked, are vintage vehicles—those that stood the test of time and [serve] as a testimony to the ingenuity, artistry, and skills of their owners, and our mechanics and engineers,” it reads.

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You can read HB 8244 in its entirety here. No word yet regarding what age or what standards a vehicle must meet to fall under this, though.

This is good news, not just for owners of classic cars who’ve found it increasingly difficult to keep their rides up and running as the years pass, but for the men and women responsible for maintaining them as well. Are you hoping this bill passes into law?

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