NMEDA works on issues impacting our members, consumers, and the accessible transportation industry.
In additional to federal legislative and regulatory proposals, NMEDA’s advocacy team also engages in state-level initiatives impacting automobility dealers, manufacturers, and consumers. If an issue arises in your state, we are here to assist. Current state-level advocacy projects include:
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) administers an aftermarket parts certification process designed to ensure that aftermarket, performance, and add-on parts do not increase vehicle emissions. Importantly, a CARB-issued exemption from California’s anti-tampering law is required before any add-on or modified part – specifically wheelchair accessible vehicles and aftermarket fuel tank systems – can be sold in California. The Board initiated a revision of this process in 2018, at which point NMEDA’s advocacy team established a task force to participate in the revision process; later submitted comments on various drafts of the revised Procedures; and is currently advocating for automobility products to be granted an exemption (or at least flexibilities) due to the small volume and unique nature of the automobility industry.
Georgia’s General Assembly passed a bill in 2019 that inadvertently increased sales taxes for purchasers of wheelchair accessible vehicles and automobile adaptive equipment. After the Department of Revenue began enforcing the bill’s provisions in 2020, NMEDA’s advocacy team began working with members in Georgia and one of the bill’s sponsors to identify and pursue a regulatory or legislative solution to this unusual and unexpected tax increase for Georgia’s disabled, Senior, and veteran populations. This effort is still ongoing.
Ohio’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is pursuing a change to state law by adding a vehicle dealer license that would specifically apply to dealers selling wheelchair accessible vehicles. Similar to Texas’ Independent Mobility Motor Vehicle Dealer license and Indiana’s Automotive Mobility Dealer license (among others), NMEDA’s advocacy team is working with BMV to develop acceptable language. This effort is still ongoing.