California May Require Auto Service Repair Providers to Check Tire Pressure

The California Air Resources Board has issued a proposed rule that would require all automobile service providers to check tire pressures for every vehicle being maintained or repaired at their facility as of September 1, 2010.  The regulation would apply to auto maintenance/repair providers but not to auto parts distributers/retailers, auto body/paint facilities, auto glass installers or wreckers/dismantlers.  The deadline for commenting on the rule is July 6, 2010.  
The rule is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with under-inflated tires.  Service providers would be required to check and inflate the tires to the recommended tire pressure rating. The provider would have to note on the invoice that the tire inflation service was completed and then keep a copy of the service invoice for at least three years. The rule would apply to all vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds.

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