Calif. approves 2 tire-related bills

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SACRAMENTO (June 5, 2014) — The California Assembly voted May 30 to approve two tire-related bills, according to the June 3 issue of the California Tire Bulletin.

The bills go to the full Assembly for a hearing.

A.B. 1665, a bill that would authorize the California Bureau of Automotive Repair to regulate businesses that change and repair tires as automotive repair dealers, passed by a vote of 77-1, the bulletin said.

It also requires that automotive repair dealers be capable of servicing and repairing tire pressure monitoring systems, thus putting California into compliance with federal tire safety regulations.

Les Schwab Tire Centers and the California Tire Dealers Association are co-sponsoring A.B. 1665, according to the California Tire Bulletin.

The Assembly also approved A.B. 2658 54-22, a bill to extend by five years the requirement that the California Department of Transportation use asphalt paving materials that are at least 50-percent rubberized asphalt concrete, from Jan. 1, 2015 to Jan. 1, 2020.

The bill also would require the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to prioritize the use of tire-derived products in relevant public works projects in disadvantaged communities.

“It is not known whether either bill…will be heard in a Senate policy committee before the legislature takes its summer recess beginning July 3,” the bulletin said.

California Tire Bulletin is published by Terry Leveille, president of Sacramento-based TL Associates and legislative representative of the California Tire Dealers Association.

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