CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Wednesday, January 8, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 724, a bill to Amend the Clean Air Act to Remove the Requirement for Dealer Certification of New Light-Duty Motor Vehicles, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on November 18, 2013 by Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) and referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.
H.R. 724 strikes section 207(h)(1) of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. § 7541(h)) that requires a dealer, upon the sale of every new light-duty motor vehicle, to furnish to the purchaser a certificate that the motor vehicle conforms to emissions standards outlined in section 202 (42 U.S.C. § 7521) of the Clean Air Act, as well as to provide notice that the purchaser has a right to have the manufacturer remedy any nonconformity to emissions standards outlined in section 202 during the vehicle’s warranty period.
Enacted in 1981, section 207(h)(1) of the Clean Air Act requires auto dealers to certify to consumers that vehicles comply with emissions standards established by section 202 of the Clean Air Act. This regulation requires auto dealers to provide written confirmation to a vehicle’s purchaser that the vehicle passed either a visual inspection or on-board-diagnostics emissions tests. However, the Clean Air Act requires all new vehicles comply with emissions standards before they are sold on the market, making this requirement duplicative and unnecessary. As a result, the EPA no longer enforces this requirement.
CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would have no impact on the federal budget, and would not affect direct spending or revenues.
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