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Maryland May Ban Lead Wheel Weights

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The state of Maryland has proposed a ban on lead and mercury wheel balance weights for all vehicles within the state, including state-owned fleet vehicles.

If passed, Maryland would become the eighth state to enact a ban on lead wheel balance weights.

The state of New Jersey also has a bill currently up for consideration that was proposed last year and is still active.

These two bills follow in the footsteps of the state of Minnesota, which proposed and passed its lead and mercury based wheel balance weight law in mid-2014 and became effective on Jan. 1, 2016.

“Lead wheel weight legislation is not something that is going away so it is important for businesses to understand the alternatives and partner with a reputable supplier that can service their ever-changing needs,” says Gregory Parker, marketing director for Wegmann automotive USA Inc., which manufacturers and markets Perfect Equipment and Hofmann Power Weight brand wheel balance weights.

Maryland introduced the house bill (HB1328) on Feb. 12, 2016.

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