Senate nixes scrappage funds
WASHINGTON-The automotive aftermarket dodged a bullet when the Senate recently voted to approve an amendment to the Energy Policy Act of 2002 that rejects a provision to federally fund state vehicle scrappage programs through the Department of Energy.
The measure would have promoted scrappage of vehicles more than 15 years old. Sens. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., and Sam Brownback, R-Kan., led the effort to turn back the scrappage funding.
``We are very lucky to have fellow automotive enthusiasts in the Senate,'' said a spokesman for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) in a press release.
Canton, Ohio-based Timken Co.'s latest Tech Tips newsletter covers the topic, ``Wheel-ends: When and why to replace,'' identifying early warning signs of wheel-end problems that could cause truck fleets unnecessary down time and costly emergency roadside repairs.
Tech Tips generally addresses safe, proper bearing handling practices.
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