Maryland is now the eighth state to enact a ban on lead wheel balance weights.
The state finalized and recorded its lead and mercury wheel balance weight law for all vehicles within the state.
House Bill 66 was first proposed in September 2016 and passed its third and final reading in early April 2017. On May 4th, 2017, Governor Larry Hogan signed the bill into law.
The new Maryland state law has a compliance date of Jan. 1, 2018, for state-owned vehicles, and a compliance date of Jan. 1, 2020, for all new and used vehicles registered within the state. The 32-month compliance timespan for new and used vehicles is the longest such timespan from signature to compliance of any other state legislation on the matter.
“What we have seen over the last several states to enact lead wheel weight laws are lengthier compliance timeframes,” says Gregory Parker, marketing director for Wegmann automotive USA Inc., a wheel weight manufacturer. “The reason for the longer delay is that states are realizing that allowing businesses additional time to deplete old inventories is necessary and educating the market on the new law is extremely important for a successful transition.”