The Specialty Equipment Market Association or SEMA petitions court to force NHTSA to act on replica-car provision

The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) has filed a petition in federal appellate court seeking to force the U.S. government to allow replica car manufacturers to begin production immediately.

SEMA’s petition refers to a 2015 law — Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) — which included provisions allowing low volume auto makers to sell up to 325 replica cars each year that resemble production vehicles manufactured at least 25 years ago.

The FAST Act set a deadline of Dec. 4, 2016, for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue any necessary regulations to implement the law. The agency has yet to take any action, SEMA said.