I bet there has been some on U.S. soil already just not on the road legally, instead classified for off-road use, even in Canada I bet this is happening especially with their more relaxed import laws.
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I think it's a bit of both and the requirements differ by state. Found an article on a legal resources page about it.Yea, it looks great but is not gonna be legal to drive on the roads. How do you go about making it legal for the road? Do you have to tinker with it, or just get proper approval?
Generally, “street legal” means having whatever equipment or features the law would require to allow one to operate it legally on the roads at any time and without restriction. Obviously, it is possible to operate vehicles on the road with special permission under certain circumstances, but this is not what one usually means by “street legal,” so we will ignore those scenarios for now.
The first problem with a definitive list of street legal features is that each state is allowed to control the standards for vehicles that operate on roads in its jurisdiction. As a result, for example, California has some of the strictest emissions standards in the U.S., and a vehicle which may be perfectly acceptable to drive (smoking tail pipe and all) in Florida will not be acceptable in California.