President Signs Law Repealing Outdated Dealer Certification Mandate
On June 9, 2014, the President signed into law an NADA-backed bipartisan bill unanimously passed by Congress which repeals a 1977 mandate requiring auto dealers to provide light-duty new vehicle purchasers with a form certifying compliance with the Clean Air Act. The certification language was redundant with disclosures in the owner’s manuals and under-hood stickers of light-duty vehicles. Leading the charge on the bipartisan legislation were U.S. House Reps. Bob Latta, R-Ohio, and Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Deb Fischer, R-Neb.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency technically still has a “dealer certification” rule on its books. However, given that the underlying statutory mandate has been repealed, NADA takes the position that the rule is no longer enforceable and dealers do not need to comply with it.
We are pleased that in a year when little legislation is passing, NADA was successful in championing the passage of this paperwork reduction legislation for dealers into law.
Please feel free to contact Michael Harrington, 202.547.5500, or Douglas Greenhaus, 703.821.7040, should you have any questions regarding this matter.
Chairman, Government Relations
Chairman, Regulatory Affairs