Text: S.2455 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (09/10/2019)

1st Session
S. 2455

To establish a program to accurately document vehicles that were significant in the history of the United States, and for other purposes.


September 10, 2019

Mr. Peters (for himself and Mr. Portman) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


To establish a program to accurately document vehicles that were significant in the history of the United States, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “National Historic Vehicle Register Act of 2019”.

SEC. 2. National Historic Vehicle Register.

(a) Definitions.—In this section:

(1) REGISTER.—The term “Register” means the National Historic Vehicle Register established under subsection (b)(1).

(2) SECRETARY.—The term “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National Park Service.

(3) VEHICLE.—The term “vehicle” includes—

(A) a commercial or noncommercial vehicle;

(B) a motorcycle; and

(C) a truck.

(b) Establishment.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall establish and maintain a register of historic vehicles, to be known as the “National Historic Vehicle Register”, which shall include, with respect to each vehicle on the Register—

(A) a narrative describing the historic vehicle and the historical significance of that vehicle;

(B) a photographic record of the historic vehicle; and

(C) a line drawing or engineering drawing of the historic vehicle, as applicable.

(2) COORDINATION.—The Secretary shall coordinate with the Historic Vehicle Association, the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, and other appropriate organizations, as determined by the Secretary, to invite individual, institutional, and other owners of historic vehicles to participate in the Register.

(3) LOCATION.—The Register shall be archived in the Library of Congress.

(c) Criteria for historic vehicles.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall develop criteria for the inclusion of historic vehicles on the Register, in accordance with paragraph (2).

(2) FACTORS FOR CONSIDERATION.—In developing criteria under this subsection, the Secretary shall take into consideration the following factors, as applied to a vehicle:


(i) EVENTS.—A vehicle associated with an event that is important in automotive or United States history.

(ii) INDIVIDUALS.—A vehicle associated with the life of an individual who is significant in automotive or United States history.

(B) DESIGN OR CONSTRUCTION VALUE.—A vehicle that is distinctive based on—

(i) design;

(ii) engineering;

(iii) craftsmanship; or

(iv) aesthetic value.

(C) INFORMATIONAL VALUE.—A vehicle of a particular type that—

(i) was the first or last produced of that type; or

(ii) is among the most well-preserved or authentically restored examples of that type.

(d) Contracts and cooperative agreements.—In carrying out this section, the Secretary may enter into contracts or cooperative agreements with the Federal Government, State governments, units of local government, public or private agencies, organizations, associations, institutions, corporations, other entities, or individuals for the purpose of sharing costs or services in carrying out authorized activities of the Secretary in administering the Register.

(e) Effect of section.—Nothing in this section—

(1) supersedes any Federal, State, or local environmental or air quality standard relating to the operation of a motor vehicle or a historic vehicle;

(2) violates the privacy of the owner of any historic vehicle; or

(3) requires that a historic vehicle be documented without the consent of the owner.

(f) No new appropriations.—No new appropriations shall be authorized to carry out this section.