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Bill to help reduce auto emissions red tape

Bill to help reduce auto emissions red tape

WASHINGTON, D.C. - For decades, the Clean Air Act has helped to reduce pollution by regulating auto emissions standards.

The law also requires car dealers to show customers paperwork proving a car meets those standards.

But some dealers, like Bill Reineke of Reineke Family Dealerships, say the paperwork costing them time and money. 

“It’s a waste of time,” said Reineke.

That’s because, now, all cars are required to have a sticker under the hood that states the same information on the paper. The information can also be found online.

Republican Congressman Bob Latta introduced a bill alongside Democratic Rep. Gary Peters (MI) to amend the Clean Air Act, and repeal what he calls a “duplicative mandate.”

“It served its purpose maybe back in 1981, but it sure doesn’t serve its purpose today,” said Latta. “It’s reducing the amount of paperwork that a business has to contend with….When you think about all of the thousands of dealerships across the states, it’s a problem when you talk about all the cars that are being sold. We’re talking about millions.”

The bill already has 75 co-sponsors. Reineke hopes hopes it passes soon.

“I think it should be a no-brainer with it being non-partisan and with some of the different sponsors -- people from California, from Ohio. It seems too good to be true almost,” he said.