• Nov 16th 2011 at 10:32AM
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A group of enthusiasts have started a We The People petition urging the Executive Branch in Washington to stop using what it says are Homeland Security funds to police gray-market vehicles. The petition also seeks to have the federal gray market exemption age reduced from 25 years old to 15 years old. As of right now, any vehicle imported into the U.S. must be able to comply with our government's safety and emissions standards unless they are 25 years old or older, making it nearly impossible for the importation of newer vehicles on an individual basis. The petition declares that the 25-year rule was originally adopted at the behest of automakers like Mercedes-Benz.

Automotive history buffs may recall that in the '80s, Benz only offered Americans the lackluster 380SEL while the rest of the world enjoyed the 500SEL. As a result, a massive gray market erupted for the more powerful sedan, and by some estimations, 22,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles floated in outside of the dealer network in a single year. That caused the company to lean heavily on lawmakers to shut the import door.

The White House has agreed to respond to any We The People petition that accrues 25,000 signatures in a month. So far, this particular effort has only gained just under 5,000 names. Head over to the We The People site to check out the petition and add your own name to the effort if you agree.

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      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess it's at least somewhat comforting to know that even back then our Congressional leaders were owned by big money donors and corporate interests instead of promoting the interests of the common American who elected them.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        Ouch. Passed in 1988. Buh bye, Ronnie Raygun. Oh hi Daddy Bush.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As someone who regularly works around Skylines, I've already signed and shared this link to a bunch of people.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I signed it. Many European and Japanese cars (even cars from american manufacturers made over seas) that would be great to import. Good to support and especially good to keep the homeland security department more focused on actual security problems.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Signed. I'd rather not wait 10 more years to import an RS2.
      Pj Taintz
      • 3 Years Ago
      yeah, because the obama admin has kept SOOO many promises so far.....
      Sean Morris
      • 3 Years Ago
      25k is not the goal. 25k is the beginning. This is the reason the Nissan Skyline is illegal in the US. Its all about Mercedes Benz, and the gray market. http://www.gtrusablog.com/2011/03/this-is-reason-nissan-skyline-is.html
      • 3 Years Ago
      i like this petition MUCH MORE: http://iedei.wordpress.com/2011/11/16/sign-this-petition/
      • 3 Years Ago
      I signed. Hopefully this gets me closer to having a Skyline for track days that doesn't need it's VIN destroyed and subsequently trailered everywhere. It would be nice to be able to legally drive around the back roads and the city.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Signed it. There are many cars I'd love to see on these shores. Unfortunately, they'd all be out of my price range... and close to 25 years by the time this got enacted anyway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Petition signed and I copied the link to facebook. We will see how this "we the people" actually works.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Signed! Thanks for letting me know about it! Heck, I think there shouldn't be any wait, like the earlier poster mentioned about Europe.
      • 3 Years Ago
      ZACH BOWMAN could you repost this daily with a counter, it would mean a lot if autoblog could make it happen
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