SACRAMENTO (Aug. 26, 2011)—The California legislature has passed a bill fine-tuning a tire pressure regulation issued last year by a state agency, and its Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill reinstating the Rubberized Asphalt Concrete Use Grant program for local governments.
SB 211, which establishes that tire and auto service providers must use tire pressure gauges that are accurate within 2 psi, went to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk Aug. 25 after passing the Assembly 75-0 and the Senate 36-0. The bill also outlines the reasons for which service providers may refuse to check a tire's pressure, including worn or irregular tread or tire damage but not tire age.
Issued by the California Air Resources Board in September 2010, the regulation requires an estimated 40,000 auto service providers in California to check and if necessary adjust the pressures on the tires of every vehicle they service up to 10,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight. SB 211 originally would have limited the fines service providers have to pay for violating the regulation, but that provision was removed in committee.
AB 525, which reinstates the RAC Use Grant program, passed the Senate Appropriations Committee 6-3 on Aug. 25.
The bill requires the California Department of Resources Recovery and Recycling (CalRecycle) to award grants to local governments to support the use of rubberized asphalt concrete and tire-derived aggregate. CalRecycle would be responsible for providing at least 16 percent of the sum for market development grants, and also for publicizing information about rubberized asphalt projects.
If passed, AB 525 would sunset Jan. 1, 2016.