Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has vetoed a bill that would prohibit the sale of unsafe used tires. "Texas does not need to impose new criminal penalties on people who put tires on cars.
"For the past two sessions, the legislature has passed several laws aimed at limiting the reach of criminal penalties and reducing the burden of criminal records. This bill goes in the opposite direction. Nobody wants bad tires on the road, but creating a new crime is not the answer to every problem."
House Bill 2774 had won support from both the state House and Senate with overwhelming majorities. The governor vetoed the bill on June 15, 2017.
Dan Zielinski, senior vice president of public affairs for the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (previously the Rubber Manufacturers Association,) said, "We were very encouraged by the strong support both the Texas House and Senate demonstrated for this pro-consumer safety legislation. We are very disappointed with the decision to veto this bill and believe that it would have reduced the risk of vehicle crashes.”
The Texas legislature has adjourned for the session, so lawmakers are unable to try to override the governor's veto with another vote.