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The Oregon House Environment and Water Committee will consider legislation (H.B. 2186) to prohibit the sale and distribution of aftermarket motor vehicle parts if alternatives are available that "decrease greenhouse gas emissions from motor vehicles." The bill is primarily focused on aftermarket tires and would authorize the Environmental Quality Commission to implement enforcement regulations, likely based on a rolling resistance calculation. The bill was introduced at the request of Governor Theodore Kulongoski.

We Urge You to Contact the Members of the Environment and Water Committee (Contact Information Below) Immediately to Request Their Opposition to H.B. 2186

* H.B. 2186 would regulate vehicle fuel economy, an authority reserved to the federal government.

* H.B. 2186 could ban tires that may have improved performance, handling or appearance features, based solely on a rolling resistance rating. In addition, this program could easily distract consumers from focusing on more important safety issues such as tire inflation and overloading of vehicles.

* H.B. 2186 would force consumers to purchase only original equipment manufacturer (OEM) tires because the program essentially exempts OEM-selected tires and unfairly implies that they are superior to aftermarket products.

* H.B. 2186 could prohibit aftermarket parts designed to either personalize or optimize specific vehicle performance attributes including handling, towing, suspension, fuel economy, etc.

* H.B. 2186 provides broad authority to government regulators and could limit a range of aftermarket parts currently available to consumers based on the subjective determination of government regulators.

DON'T DELAY! Please contact the House Environment and Water Committee immediately to urge their opposition to H.B. 2186.

Please e-mail a copy of your letter to [email protected]. Thank you for your assistance.

Oregon House Environment and Water Committee
Representative Ben Cannon - Chair
Phone: 503/986-1446
Email: [email protected]
Representative Jules Bailey
Phone: 503/986-1442
Email: [email protected]
Representative Phil Barnhart
Phone: 503/986-1411
Email: [email protected]
Representative Cliff Bentz
Phone: 503/986-1460
Email: [email protected]
Representative Deborah Boone
Phone: 503/986-1432
Email: [email protected]
Representative Vic Gilliam
Phone: 503/986-1418
Email: [email protected]
Representative Bob Jenson
Phone: 503/986-1458
Email: [email protected]
Representative Jefferson Smith
Phone: 503/986-1447
Email: [email protected]

Here's a letter you can copy and paste if you want.

Oregon House Speaker Mr. Dave Hunt,
Members of the Oregon House Environment and Water Committee,

I am writing to you today as I have recently learned about H.B. 2186. I am very concerned. This type of legislation is not well conceived and could cause more harm than benefit.

A large number of vehicle owners chose to deviate from OEM equipment to personalize and optimize the performance and appearance of their vehicles. Other modifications are performed out of necessity in regards to job needs, vehicular usage, and handicap access.

The Bill describes itself by claiming to focus on "decreasing greenhouse gasses from motor vehicles" when the actual target seems to be the aftermarket industry, it's employees, commercial vehicle users, and the numerous enthusiasts that build a hobby surrounding the vehicles that they drive on a daily basis.

The economic impact of such a bill would be devastating. Imagine the loss of revenue and jobs if the numerous aftermarket manufacturers, retailers, and installers were no longer allowed to do business in Oregon. How many employees would be lost from Oregon based industries like Warn Ind., Warrior Products, and Les Schwab, not to mention the numerous small retailers and installers that would lose their customer base. Oregon cannot afford to lose any more jobs. Can you, in good conscience, vote for a Bill that would put more people out of work?

This Bill also sets a dangerous precedent. Numerous activities such as trailering, boating, and RVing all create conditions where fuel consumption is increased, therefore increasing greenhouse gasses. Are these activities next in the sights of the Bill's authors? Where will it stop?

This Bill would regulate fuel economy, an authority reserved to the Federal Government. Imagine the costs of defending lawsuits against this Bill.

Speaking from the perspective of a vehicle enthusiast, we Oregonians enjoy exploring the wonderful area in which we live. By supporting this bill, it will essentially keep us from doing what we love most. A stock vehicle is not designed for every situation that an average driver might encounter. Fortunately, the aftermarket performance industry makes it possible for motorized users to enjoy the outdoors in a safe, clean, and less destructive way.

I am 100% behind preserving the environment, however limiting the aftermarket industry is not a viable answer. Please do not support H.B. 2186.


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