Thank you for chiming in here.
I'm pleased to hear that they are re-writing Trans 123, because as it was initially written, it did not recognize the federal exemption from Safety Standards
which all American HMVs qualify for (ditto for over-25yr-old imported vehicles like Pinzgauers).
As it was originally written, Trans 123 would have required vehicles which were federally exempted
, to be inspected by a federally registered importer at the expense of the owner, and then modified as required to meet FMVSS. Here's a link to the notice: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/code/r ... eg629b.pdf
But I'm confused by your comment regarding pre-'68 American HMVs. They already can be licensed with 'collector' plates. Currently, no Wisconsin law requires an on-road vehicle to meet FMVSS as a pre-condition of titling or registration. Wis. Stat. 341.10(6) only applies to off-road vehicles, which HMVs are not.
As I understand it, pre-'68 vehicles, ex-military vehicles, and vehicles imported over 25yrs. old are already exempted from FMVSS requirements. No?
Pre-'68 vehicles are exempted because the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards first took effect Jan. 1, 1968 (actually, the first was in Mar. 1967, but the majority took effect 1/1/68).
Ex-military vehicles are exempted by 1994 NHTSA letter of interpretation to John Tolliday http://isearch.nhtsa.gov/gm/94/nht94-1.78.html
Vehicles imported over 25 yrs. old are exempted by NHTSA and Title 49 U.S. Code.
As I see it, Wisconsin law simply needs to be clarified to guarantee WisDOT recognition of these 3 federal exemptions.