LANSING, Mich., Dec. 6, 2018 — The Michigan Senate today passed legislation introduced by Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D-Taylor) that allows military-use, motor vehicles to participate in parades as well as club activities, exhibitions, tours and other similar exhibitional uses.

Senate Bill 1040 amends the Michigan Vehicle Code (MVC) to allow military surplus vehicles to register as a historic vehicle. This would give owners of ex-military vehicles the option to operate their vehicles during memorial events and throughout August, including the Woodward Dream Cruise.

“Every year, we set aside time during memorial holidays to remember and honor the sacrifices made by our brave military men and women, yet, for Michiganders who carefully restore and preserve retired military vehicles, they can’t showcase them,” Sen. Hopgood said. “This bill changes that and allows them to use their ex-military vehicles in parades, giving them the freedom to display their American pride and gratitude in a manner they feel is appropriate, and appreciated, by veterans.”

Previously, military surplus vehicles were not permitted to be registered as on-road vehicles under the MVC. The on-road ban on ex-military vehicles hindered owners from operating their vehicles on public roads during parades and other military remembrance events.

“There are many patriotic Michiganders who dedicate their time and talents to preserving these national treasures,” said Tom Tibortz, a resident of Taylor and Humvee owner. “They just want to be able to drive them in local parades and events that honor our veterans.”

Michigan supplied U.S. troops with High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV), or Humvees, since the early 1980s. To register a military surplus vehicle under this legislation, a Humvee must be at least 25 years old, owned solely as a collector’s item and not be used for general transportation. The registration also must not include a tracked or half-tracked vehicle.

“Humvee owners are simply asking the right to be able to share their own purchased, and carefully preserved, piece of war history so that they can celebrate our American spirit with military wheels,” Sen. Hopgood said. “I find their request to be quite reasonable, and appreciate the support of this legislation by my Senate colleagues.”

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