SACRAMENTO (April 16, 2012)—The California Senate Environmental Quality Committee has scheduled an April 16 hearing on a bill that if passed would amend the state's “check and inflate” law to remove tire age as a reason for auto repairers to refuse to check the pressure on a vehicle's tires.
In 2010, the California Air Resources Board established a requirement that all auto repair and service establishments in California must check and if necessary adjust the pressure on the tires of every vehicle they service of less than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, except for motorcycles and off-road vehicles. The express purpose of this rule is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by vehicles burning excess fuel because of underinflated tires.
Under the current rule, however, auto repairers may refuse to check and inflate tires if they deem them to be unsafe or too aged.
SB 1076 would remove tire age as a reason for not checking a vehicle's tires. It also would clarify the current law in stating that CARB would be required to adopt tire age and safety regulations only if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration adopts regulations establishing a correlation between tire age and safety.
As with the current CARB regulation, SB 1076 would be in effect until Jan. 1, 2018.