TIA opposes California emissions bill

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Legislators in California have passed a bill that would force auto manufacturers to reduce non-toxic carbon monoxide emissions from light trucks and cars starting in 2009.

The bill, A.B. 1493, won't go into effect until signed by California Governor Gray Davis. It is being protested by auto manufacturers, the United Auto Workers union and numerous industry organizations, including the Tire Industry Association (TIA).

"This legislation is nothing more than an attempt by the environmental lobby to set fuel-economy standards, something only the Federal government has the authority to do," TIA officials said in an official statement.

"If A.B. 1493 is not stopped, it could lead to the downsizing of cars and, therefore, less consumer choice and higher prices in the automobile and light truck markets."

The Specialty Equipment Market Association calls the bill "underhanded."

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