Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Tennessee Bill to Exempt Certain Older Vehicles From Emissions Tests Signed Into Law | Specialty Equipment Market Association

Tennessee Bill to Exempt Certain Older Vehicles From Emissions Tests Signed Into Law Specialty Equipment Market Association: "SEMA-supported legislation to exempt vehicles more than 25 years old from the state’s annual emissions inspection and maintenance program was signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. To qualify for the exemption, these vehicles must be registered as “antique motor vehicles.” Antique vehicles are defined as more than 25 years old with a non-modified engine and body that is used for club activities, exhibits, tours, parades and similar uses as a collector's item; on the highways for the purpose of selling, testing the operation of or obtaining repairs or maintenance; and for general transportation on Saturday and Sunday.

Previous law in Tennessee only exempted vehicles manufactured before the ’75 model year from emissions inspection. The new law provides for a rolling emissions inspection exemption that would exempt qualifying antique vehicles upon enactment and would pick up an additional model year for each year the law is in effect. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org."

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New "Boating Simulator" Lets You Boat Anytime

NEWS From BoatUS

Boat Owners Association of The United States
880 S. Pickett St., Alexandria, VA 22304
BoatU.S. Press Room at http://www.BoatUS.com/pressroom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Contact: D. Scott Croft, 703-461-2864, SCroft@BoatUS.com
BoatUS Foundation's Virtual Boating Experience is the Next Step in Boater Education

ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 2, 2011 - A new downloadable BoatUS Boating Simulator, provided by the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water aims to use animation, simulation and video to keep boaters on the virtual "water" anytime - and teach them how to navigate through congested and sometimes treacherous waters.

The Boating Simulator's interactive boating experience - complete with throttle, shifter and chartplotter - makes learning fun. "Research shows that most people use visual cues when learning and when you combine it with active participation, comprehension and retention increase," said BoatUS Assistant Director of Boating Safety Ted Sensenbrenner. "Simply put, you learn while you're having a great time driving the boat."

The Simulator, which utilizes your keyboard, mouse and arrow keys to operate, is free to download at www.BoatUS.com/Foundation/games. During the game's voyage, players must use all of the tools at their disposal to navigate around aids to navigation as well as shallow water and other vessel traffic. Along the way you could be penalized for violating speed zones, approaching too close to another vessel or navigating out of bounds.

This is the third interactive video game offered by the BoatUS Foundation that puts new or seasoned boaters alike behind the helm of a virtual boat. The first two games, DockIt! and NavigateIt!, teach docking and navigation skills respectively. All BoatUS Foundation games are provided at no cost at www.BoatUS.com/Foundation/games and BoatUS membership is not required to play.

For the Boating Simulator, a standard home PC with Windows XP or newer and a DirectX 9.0 compatible video card is required. Simply follow the on-screen instructions and prompts to download to your computer.

About the BoatUS Foundation:

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America's waterways and keeping boating safe for all. To make a tax-deductible donation to this 501(c)(3) nonprofit, go to www.BoatUS.com/foundation.