In an attempt to look Green, Oregon Governor Theodore Kulongoski is pushing to prohibit the sale of aftermarket auto parts when there are other parts available that will “decrease greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles”. Apparently this bill is focused on limiting consumer choices of tires, which makes little to no sense. The primary target is the high performance lines which, due to their sticky nature, have a higher rolling resistance to the road than all-season and economy rubbers.The slight difference in roll-resistance can often create a loss of 1/4 MPG.
Maybe the Governor is trying to think big, but letting legislatures choose what kind of tires we drive on is probably not the best idea; could you imagine driving a Corvette on a set of cheap all-seasons that don’t offer the type of dry traction a Corvette needs to keep from spinning it’s tires?
The bill in question is H.B. 2186 and here’s the main points:
- H.B. 2186 would regulate vehicle fuel economy, an authority reserved to the federal government.
- H.B. 2186 could ban tires that may have improved performance, handling or appearance features, based solely on a rolling resistance rating. In addition, this program could easily distract consumers from focusing on more important safety issues such as tire inflation and overloading of vehicles.
- H.B. 2186 would force consumers to purchase only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) tires because the program essentially exempts OEM-selected tires and unfairly implies that they are superior to aftermarket products.
- H.B. 2186 could prohibit aftermarket parts designed to either personalize or optimize specific vehicle performance attributes including handling, towing, suspension, fuel economy, etc.
- H.B. 2186 provides broad authority to government regulators and could limit a range of aftermarket parts currently available to consumers based on the subjective determination of government regulators.
If you live in Oregon, write your House Speaker or the House Environment and Water Committee to let them know your thoughts.
Oregon House Speaker Dave Hunt
Oregon House Environment and Water Committee
Representative Ben Cannon – Chair
Representative Jules Bailey
Representative Phil Barnhart
Representative Cliff Bentz
Representative Deborah Boone
Representative Vic Gilliam
Representative Bob Jenson
Representative Jefferson Smith
Source: SEMA Action Network