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Saturday, April 15, 2017

CHP 885 - Passenger Car Equipment Requirements 7-06

Passenger Car Equipment Requirements 7-06


All vehicles must meet APPLICABLE FMVSS.   The key word in that sentence being applicable. As in if a vehicle is excluded or exempt from a requirement, then it doesn't need to meet that FMVSS.

Pre 1965 for pollution control devices.This is in conflict with the ARB requirements of 1967 and earlier are exempt.   You have to love multiple conflicting dates on things.


The first line doesn't mention 21 year old vehicles being exempt.  While it is mentioned, it would be an extra step for someone to know this information.   3520-1

If the vehicle is at least 21 years old, there are no EPA compliance requirements upon importation. The age of the vehicle is determined by subtracting the calendar year of manufacture from the calendar year of importation. If the calendar year of manufacture is unavailable, the importer may substitute the model year or year of first registration. For instance, to qualify in 2001, the vehicle must have been manufactured in 1980 or earlier. The vehicle must be in its original unmodified configuration. Vehicles at least 21 years old with replacement engines are not eligible for this exemption unless they contain equivalent or newer EPA certified engines.
No approval or Customs bond is required by EPA. The importer must also prove to Customs, as required, that the vehicle or engine was manufactured prior to EPA regulation. Documents such as a title, or letter from the original manufacturer may be used for this purpose.The importer must file with Customs, upon entry, an EPA Form 3520-1 and declare code "E" on that form.
Speedometer in kilometers is legal.
Nissan Fiagro Speedometer with a MPH overlay. Even though it isn't a requirement, drivers in the US often want a MPH speedo. 


Right hand drive is legal as long as it has a turn signal system, and an outside rear view mirror on the left side is required.  We wonder if they make 1910's-1920's Buicks adhere to these standards.



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