SACRAMENTO (Sept. 2, 2010)—The California Office of Administrative Law has approved the tire pressure regulation promulgated by the California Air Resources Board.
The rule goes into effect today as planned.
The regulation requires automotive service providers to check and inflate to the recommended pressure the tires on every vehicle they repair or service. They must also indicate on the service invoice that tire inflation was performed.
Auto service providers must use gauges accurate within two pounds per square inch when checking tire pressures, and must keep copies of all invoices indicating that tire inflation was performed. They need not perform the tire checks, however, if the vehicle is heavier than 10,000 pounds; if they determine the tires to be unsafe; or if the customer declines the service.
CARB originally planned to issue the final rule July 1, but OAL rejected the standard in March, saying it did not meet the state's guidelines for clarity and necessity. OAL later approved a resubmitted rule.