AB844

JCA

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I coppied this from another board. John and Klaus if this belongs in another forum, please move it there. Thanks
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Yes Assembly Bill 844 is a bill that would make it illegal to sell oversized tires in California.....

This bill will create a goverment bureaucracy to regulate and limit our tire choices.

Please call your california state assembly person and voice your opinion on this bill.

to find you assemby person's Number please call 1-800-852-8310

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<a href="http://leginfo.public.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_0801-
0850/ab_844_bill_20030602_amended_asm.html" target="_blank">http://leginfo.public.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_0801-
0850/ab_844_bill_20030602_amended_asm.html</a>



BILL NUMBER: AB 844 AMENDED
BILL TEXT

AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY JUNE 2, 2003
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY APRIL 22, 2003
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MARCH 26, 2003

INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Nation

FEBRUARY 20, 2003

An act to add Chapter 8.7 (commencing with Section 25740) to
Division 15 of the Public Resources Code, relating to tire
efficiency.



LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 844, as amended, Nation. Replacement Tire Efficiency Program.
Existing law, with respect to energy conservation and development,
states the policy of the state, among other things, to fully
evaluate the economic and environmental costs of petroleum use and to
establish a state transportation energy policy that results in the
least environmental and economic cost to the state.
This bill would require the State Energy Resources Conservation
and Development Commission , in consultation with the California
Integrated Waste Management Board, to develop a replacement
tire efficiency program of statewide applicability for replacement
tires for passenger cars and light trucks that is designed to ensure
that replacement tires sold in the state are at least as
energy efficient, on average, as the tires sold in the state
as original equipment on these vehicles.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:


SECTION 1. (a) The Legislature finds and declares both of the
following:
(1) Substantial evidence indicates that replacement tires for
passenger cars and light trucks are less energy efficient, on
average, than tires installed as original equipment.
(2) Improving the energy efficiency of replacement tires for
California's passenger and light truck fleet could yield significant
economic and environmental benefits without affecting vehicle
performance or safety, while also reducing California's vulnerability
to oil price increases.
(3) Substantial evidence indicates that technologies exist to make
replacement tires more energy efficient and longer lasting.
(4) Energy efficient tires have the potential to save California
drivers 300 million gallons of gasoline per year according to a
California Energy Commission report.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to provide the statutory
foundation for a regulatory framework to ensure that replacement
tires sold in California are at least as energy efficient, on
average, as original-equipment tires.
(c) It is further the intent of the Legislature that the
Replacement Tire Efficiency Program not increase the amount of scrap
tires generated within California, nor negatively impact state
efforts to manage scrap tires pursuant to the California Tire
Recycling Act.
SEC. 2. Chapter 8.7 (commencing with Section 25740) is added to
Division 15 of the Public Resources Code, to read:

CHAPTER 8.7. REPLACEMENT TIRE EFFICIENCY PROGRAM

25740. No later than March 31, 2005, the State Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission shall develop specifications
for testing procedures, an efficiency rating system, and tire
manufacturer reporting and labeling requirements for passenger car
and light truck replacement tires, that will enable consumers to make
more informed decisions when purchasing tires for their vehicles.
25741. (a) The State Energy Resources Conservation and
Development Commission, in consultation with the California
Integrated Waste Management Board, after appropriate notice and
public workshops, shall develop an efficiency program of statewide
applicability for replacement tires for passenger cars and light
trucks, designed to ensure that the replacement tires sold in
the state are at least as energy efficient, on average, as the
tires sold in the state as original equipment on new
passenger cars and light trucks. The program shall include
efficiency standards and mandatory labeling of replacement tires, and
may include, but not be limited to, other methods to promote the
purchase of energy-efficient replacement tires. These other methods
may include purchase incentives, Web site listings, printed
efficiency guide booklets , education for tire retailers
on replacement tire efficiency, and requirements for
requiring tire retailers to provide
efficiency information to consumers the printed
efficiency guide booklets to the extent that they are available
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(b) The efficiency standards shall be technically feasible
and cost effective and do all of the following:
(1) Be designed to secure the maximum technically feasible and
cost effective tires.
(2)
(1) Not adversely affect tire safety.
(3) Not apply to deep tread, winter-type snow tires, space-saver
or temporary use spare tires, off-road tires, or tires with nominal
rim diameters of 12 inches or less.
(2) Not adversely affect the average tire life of replacement
tires.
(3) Apply to all tire types and models that are covered by the
Uniform Tire Quality Grading Standards in Section 575.104 of Subpart
B of Part 575 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
(4) Not adversely affect state efforts to manage scrap tires
pursuant to Chapter 17 (commencing with Section 42860) of Part 3 of
Division 30.
(c) The program shall be operative by March 31, 2006. The
commission , in consultation with the California Integrated
Waste Management Board, shall review and revise the program,
including standards, as necessary, but not less than every three
years. The commission may not revise the program or standards in a
way that reduces the average efficiency of replacement tires.


Here is a link to send in comments
http://www.assembly.ca.gov/acs/legcomment/legcomment.asp?bill_number=ab_844&amp;author=nation


And here is a link to find out who your rep is and an address to send a letter
http://www.assembly.ca.gov/acs/defaulttext.asp
 

elcaprerunner

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I agree that is totally insane. But I might be confused on something, doesn't no. 3 on that list say it that this efficiency rule does not apply to deep treaded tires, snow tires, and off-road tires? So it really does not apply to the off-roading community, no? Am I right or did I confuse myself and interpret that completely backwards? I don't know, my head hurts from reading that jibba jabba.
 

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By "off road" they probally mean tires for tractors and such that are truly off road ie not approved for highway use. but you never know with all that legalese.
 

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By "off road" they probally mean tires for tractors and such that are truly off road ie not approved for highway use. but you never know with all that legalese

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That is my understanding. Off road tires are not DOT approved tires. The off road tires we use are DOT approved and would be under this bill. That is my understanding anyhow.
 

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..........Well sounds like we will have to start calling MTR's snow tires!!!

Fortunately the tire industry will put plenty of money into fighting this............

Matt
 

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we might be okay -

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Apply to all tire types and models that are covered by the Uniform Tire Quality Grading Standards in Section 575.104 of Subpart B of Part 575 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

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Executive Summary

"To aid consumers in making informed choices when purchasing passenger car tires, information about their relative performances in the areas of treadwear, traction, and temperature resistance is required on new pneumatic tires. The Uniform Tire Quality Grading Standards (UTOGS), Part 575.104 of the Consumer Information Regulations, set forth the grading conditions and procedures and labeling requirements that indicate the relative performances of passenger car tires concerning treadwear, traction, and temperature resistance. The information must be permanently molded into the tire sidewalls, indelibly stamped on a label or labels affixed to the tire tread surface, and made available in consumer brochures. The UTQGS apply to all passenger car tires except deep tread, winter type snow tires, space-saver or temporary-use spare tires, and limited production tires. The definitions and grades for the UTQGS characteristics follow"

http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/rules/regrev/evaluate/807805.html

this might not directly affect our off-road tire purchases - but it is a step in that direction.
 
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