WASHINGTON — The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved by voice vote a bipartisan bill, H.R. 724, which would eliminate some red tape required by the Environmental Protection Agency when buying a new car or truck.
The bill would repeal a 1977 mandate that requires dealers certify that a vehicle complies with the Clean Air Act. This form is required to be presented by the dealer to the purchaser of a new vehicle even though all vehicles must comply with the Clean Air Act before being sold in the United States. Additionally, a Clean Air Act certification sticker can be found under the hood of most vehicles, or in the owner’s manual, making an additional certification by the dealer redundant.
The legislation now is now headed to the House for consideration.
The bill, which has yet to face opposition, attracted wide bipartisan support, including backing from the House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) and House Energy and Commerce ranking member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.).
“Federal and state laws already require a myriad of forms that must be reviewed and signed by the customer to close a deal on a new car or truck,” said Dave Westcott, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association and a dealer from North Carolina. “This bill will eliminate a form that serves no purpose and should make buying a new vehicle a little easier.
“America’s franchised auto dealers commend the leadership of Reps. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) for their bipartisan efforts to repeal this unnecessary government form,” Westcott added.
An Orange County jury found in favor of Toyota dealer Roger Hogan, who sued the factory for fraud and breach of contract amid claims the manufacturer concealed safety defect data and retaliated against him for going public with his concerns.