SACRAMENTO, Calif.California Gov. Edmund G. Jerry Brown Jr. has vetoed a bill related to tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) that was supported by the California Tire Dealers Association (CTDA) and Les Schwab Tire Centers Inc.
However, Gov. Brown signed another bill passed by the California legislature requiring that the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) give priority to tire-derived product grant applicants in disadvantaged communities that apply for rubberized products for parklets and greenways.
The TPMS legislationAssembly Bill 1665would have imposed a state-mandated program, enforced by California's Bureau of Automotive Repair (BAR), requiring any store in the state that repairs or changes tires be capable of servicing TPMS.
The BAR would have inspected all tire shops annually to ensure compliance, and shops would have been required to post prominently a telephone number for customers to report unfair charges or other complaints. The annual license fee for tire shops would have been $200.
AB 1665 received bipartisan support in the legislature, but Gov. Brownthough he acknowledged the bill reflected the major changes in automotive technology occasioned by TPMSsaid he could not sign the bill as written.
Before a new licensing scheme is enacted, a more comprehensive review is needed, the governor said in his Sept. 30 veto message.
He said he would direct the BAR to work with interested parties to determine which automotive repair services might also merit further regulation.
Les Schwab and the CTDA co-sponsored AB 1665 in the California legislature, saying they sought to level the playing field for all tire retailers in the state. That included those businesses operating as tire sales only shops that aren't regulated by the BAR.
In essence, BAR lobbied the governor to veto AB 1665 because it needs legislation to review all of the entities it regulates or doesn't regulate, said Terry Leveille, legislative representative for the CTDA, in the Oct. 1 issue of his CA Tire Bulletin newsletter.
The last time the BAR had such a review was more than 40 years ago, according to Mr. Leveille.
Since then, all types of businesses have cropped up, including 'tire sales only' shops, online tire sales, different types of smog check operations, etc., he said.
AB 1179, which Gov. Brown did sign, defines a disadvantaged community as one in which the annual median household income is less than 80 percent of the statewide median.
The bill gives priority to tire-derived product project applicants from those communities who want such material to create small urban parks and travel corridors along urban water courses or other natural landscape features.
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