Some good comments. First off, here's the link to Sen. Erpenbach's bill: http://www.wisconsin-pinzgauers.org/sit ... -35621.pdf
Tom, I think that your comments regarding HMVs being inherently unsafe is half-right. To be sure, when the vehicles were built, they were built to accomplish their jobs first, provide safety secondly. But that's not to say they aren't safe. If the occupants didn't get where they were going, the job didn't get done. Let's be honest, a 1970 model vehicle was equipped with less safety features than one from 2009. But that alone does not make it "too unsafe" to be able to drive it.
In the case of my Austrian built Steyr-Puch Pinzguaer, the evidence at the appeal hearing showed that it had blinkers, wipers, brakes, seat belts, etc. The judge ruled that the DOT had not shown that I lacked any equipment. Morever, Federal documents specify that my truck was legal to import as a Motor Vehicle - designed for on-road operation.
Has DOT shown any active cause for concern, such as accidents, injuries, or deaths associated with HMVs. To my knowledge, NONE.
Should HMVs be legal to operate commercially without some safety upgrades?
No. But for your average private HMV owner, using the vehicle for commercial purposes just isn't done. Nobody is suggesting that.
DOT should absolutely inspect a vehicle model prior to approving it for registration. But once that's done, why inspect every vehicle of that same model? An inspection of EACH vehicle is not neccessary. DOT already has the means of inspecting vehicles, as specified in Wis. Admin. Code Ch. Trans341.
Wisconsin already has rules which specify the equipment required for legal operation on Wisconsin roads. It's found in Wis. Admin Code Ch. Trans305. So it's already
illegal to operate on Wisconsin roads without certain minimum levels of equipment. Yes, tickets for non-compliance should
That's why I say that Sen. Erpenbach's bill is a sound one. As Tom suggests, it would allow HMVs to be registered under the existing collector car rules. Current law already
prohibits a collector car from being a daily driver - in order to get a collector car plate, you already have to have a vehicle licensed with regular (auto or truck) plates. These rules should be enforced, if people are truly breaking them.