Maryland Alters Historic Car Rules - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Maryland Alters Historic Car Rules

Posted: Updated:
Owners of historic tagged cars will no longer be allowed to drive them to work, school, or for commercial uses (Photo:WBOC) Owners of historic tagged cars will no longer be allowed to drive them to work, school, or for commercial uses (Photo:WBOC)

CAMBRIDGE, Md.- If you own a car with historic license plates in Maryland, you may want to check your mailbox.  A lot of people are receiving letters in the mail, or an email from the Motor Vehicle Administration, talking changes on the way as to where you can drive those historic cars.  It says in two week's time, you will no longer be allowed to drive your historic car to work, school, or for commercial use.

Ronnie Newcomb has been collecting classic cars for about 50 years.  He uses historic license plates on his cars, but he also doesn't use his cars all that much.

"Most people that have true antique cars don't drive them much anyhow.  They think too much of them to leave them in the sun a lot and drive them in the rain," said Newcomb.

He believes this new change to the law is to push back against people using older cars every day because of the cheaper registration and insurance.

"To me it was just a way to get some of these vehicles on the road and running without going through Maryland inspection and getting them on the road cheaply, and that goes against the cardinal rules of antique and historic cars," said Newcomb.

But the law change affects people like Doug Turner, who doesn't drive his Pontiac GTO everyday, but once in a while to keep the parts moving.  He doesn't like the idea of Maryland telling him where he can and cannot drive.

"You have to use the car every once in a while.  You have to take it out and run it around a little bit.  What I like to do is drive it to work occasionally.  I just wish they would leave things the way they are," said Turner.

The law change poses an interesting question to law enforcement.  How do you enforce the law?

"That's definitely a process and it's part of the investigation that an officer has to do to know when and when not to pull over a vehicle that's in violation of that," said Lieutenant Justin Todd with Cambridge Police.

Another change to the law affects repair orders.  If an officer were to pull over a historic car today and say the headlight is out, that's about all they can do.
Now, even with historic tags, if a car is newer than 1986, you are subject to repair and inspection orders as well.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Salisbury Zoo to Host Welcome Party for New Andean Bear

    Salisbury Zoo to Host Welcome Party for New Andean Bear

    Jan 16, 2018 11:56 AM2018-01-16 16:56:00 GMT
    Tuesday, January 16 2018 11:58 AM EST2018-01-16 16:58:30 GMT
    Pinocchio is shown in his new home at the Salisbury Zoo. (Photo: Salisbury Zoo)Pinocchio is shown in his new home at the Salisbury Zoo. (Photo: Salisbury Zoo)
    The Salisbury Zoo will be hosting a welcome party Saturday afternoon for Pinocchio, the zoo's new bear from Ecuador.More
    The Salisbury Zoo will be hosting a welcome party Saturday afternoon for Pinocchio, the zoo's new bear from Ecuador.More
  • Talbot County House Fire Causes $120,000 in Damage

    Talbot County House Fire Causes $120,000 in Damage

    Jan 16, 2018 11:57 AM2018-01-16 16:57:00 GMT
    Tuesday, January 16 2018 11:57 AM EST2018-01-16 16:57:57 GMT
    (Photo Credit: MGN)(Photo Credit: MGN)
    The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of a Talbot County house fire that left one person injured Sunday night.More
    The Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of a Talbot County house fire that left one person injured Sunday night.More
  • Three Charged in Salisbury Convenience Store Holdup

    Three Charged in Salisbury Convenience Store Holdup

    Jan 16, 2018 11:33 AM2018-01-16 16:33:00 GMT
    Tuesday, January 16 2018 11:33 AM EST2018-01-16 16:33:19 GMT
    From left: Brandon Fontaine, Diamond Chaney, and Felix VillegasFrom left: Brandon Fontaine, Diamond Chaney, and Felix Villegas
    Three men are facing armed robbery and related charges in connection with last week's holdup of the Vintage Beer and Wine store located at 610 Snow Hill Road in Salisbury.More
    Three men are facing armed robbery and related charges in connection with last week's holdup of the Vintage Beer and Wine store located at 610 Snow Hill Road in Salisbury. More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Family Without Propane as Temperatures Drop

    Family Without Propane as Temperatures Drop

    Jan 15, 2018 4:46 PM2018-01-15 21:46:00 GMT
    Tuesday, January 16 2018 7:40 AM EST2018-01-16 12:40:02 GMT
    SEAFORD, Del.- A Sussex County woman says her family has been left in the cold--literally. Donna Niser says she is a customer of Peninsula Oil and Propane, and is currently sitting with an empty tank. She says late last week, she called for a delivery. "WMore
    A Sussex County, Delaware woman says her family has been left in the cold-- literally. Donna Niser says she is a customer of Peninsula Oil and Propane, and is currently sitting with an empty tank.More
  • Police: 3 Women Lured, Assaulted and Robbed Delaware Woman

    Police: 3 Women Lured, Assaulted and Robbed Delaware Woman

    Jan 16, 2018 8:35 AM2018-01-16 13:35:00 GMT
    Tuesday, January 16 2018 8:35 AM EST2018-01-16 13:35:25 GMT
    Jessica Elvey, left; Chelsea Roundtree, center; Chasity Roundtree, rightJessica Elvey, left; Chelsea Roundtree, center; Chasity Roundtree, right
    Delaware State Police say a woman was lured to a Clayton area convenience store and assaulted and robbed by three women known to her.More
    Delaware State Police say a woman was lured to a Clayton area convenience store and assaulted and robbed by three women known to her.More
  • Flu Reaches Epidemic Level, Affecting Delmarva

    Flu Reaches Epidemic Level, Affecting Delmarva

    Jan 15, 2018 6:25 PM2018-01-15 23:25:00 GMT
    Tuesday, January 16 2018 7:48 AM EST2018-01-16 12:48:48 GMT
    In the waiting room of Express Care in Salisbury sits the Lewis family. Mom, Rebecca, comforts 7-year-old Layla who is waiting to get her flu shot. And just like Layla, many people are receiving their vaccines amid extreme flu cases across the U.S.More
    In the waiting room of Express Care in Salisbury sits the Lewis family. Mom, Rebecca, comforts 7-year-old Layla who is waiting to get her flu shot. And just like Layla, many people are receiving their vaccines amid extreme flu cases across the U.S.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices