Law & Order

SEMA Reaches Agreement With Oregon DEQ on Aftermarket Parts Restrictions

SEMA reached agreement with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on an alternative to legislation that originally sought to prohibit the sale and distribution of aftermarket motor-vehicle parts if alternatives are available that “decrease greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles."

Under the negotiated agreement, the new bill would only give the Department authority to adopt the present California certification process for aftermarket emissions-related parts, allowing parts manufacturers to meet one uniform standard, rather than a patchwork of multiple state standards. The amended legislation will also incorporate a California law that requires state regulators to develop a tire fuel-efficiency program for passenger-car and light-truck replacement tires.

As in California, Oregon will include a SEMA-drafted provision to exempt limited production tires (15,000 or less annually), deep-tread snow tires, limited-use spares, motorcycle tires and tires manufactured for use on off-road vehicles.

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