With a July 31st Highway funding deadline, Senate Commerce is now working quickly to draft language for a highway bill. They are being pushed by a member on the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection to add the mandatory tire registration language we saw earlier in the GROW America Act. The language is not yet located in the Senate highway bill (DRIVE Act) but is still located in the GROW America Act and just last week a new bill was introduced in the Senate, the “Tire Efficiency, Safety, and Registration Act of 2015” (S 1741) that directly calls for mandatory tire registration.
Given that the Senate plans to finish marking up their bill and voting on it by the end of the week, it is important that we now shift our efforts back to the House where the Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee for Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hear the Senate bill.
It is crucial that we contact members in the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee alerting them of this provision coming their way. And we must act fast, the Senate highway bill could move to the House as soon as the end of the week.
I am asking that you call your Representative and send a letter telling them you oppose mandatory tire registration located in the “Tire Efficiency, Safety, and Registration Act of 2015” as well as the language located in the “GROW America Act.” Make the point that this language needs to be pulled from the bill to avoid potential harm to your business. And warn them of any language that may be included in a Senate highway bill.
We must go full grass roots now to have any chance at beating these large and well financed manufacturers.
I have attached a sample letter you can use. Any letter or call you can make, makes a HUGE difference. The only way to beat this will be with numbers.
Below is the language being added to the highway bill:
(3) The Secretary may initiate a rulemaking to consider requiring a distributor or dealer of tires that is not owned or controlled by a manufacturer of tires to maintain records of the name and address of tire purchasers and lessors and information identifying the tire that was purchased or leased, and any additional records the Secretary deems appropriate. Such rulemaking may also consider requiring a distributor or dealer of tires that is not owned or controlled by a manufacturer of tires to electronically transmit such records to the manufacturer of the tire by secure means at no cost to tire purchasers or lessors.
Such language could drastically change the industry in terms of liability, fines, and the turning over of customer lists to the manufacturers.
We need you now more than ever! Please do not delay. For more information, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.430.7280 ext. 137
Roy Littlefield IV
Government Affairs Manager
HIGHWAY FUNDING SHOWDOWN
In an unusual Sunday session, the United States Senate agreed on a six year transportation bill that is funded for three years. Two amendments were considered:
- An amendment to repeal Obamacare was defeated;
- An amendment to attach the Export-Import Bank reauthorization to the highway bill passed.
This week the Senate will consider germane amendments to the bill, which includes the tire registration language that TIA opposes.
Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 6-month extension to the Highway Trust Fund. The House bill provides $8 billion, which would last until December 18, 2015. The House bill does not include the tire registration language.
Because the House will adjourn Thursday and will not reconvene until September, and because the Highway Trust Fund is funded only through July 31, this will be a crucial week on this issue.