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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Solon wants to prohibit sale of old tires
Writer: Lorelei V. Castillo, MRS-PRIB
27 January 2010 09:29:10 AM

A lawmaker wants to criminalize the sale of tires, which have been used for more than six years.

Rep. Narciso D. Santiago III (Party-list, ARC) filed House Bill 7034 also known as the “Old Tires Sale Prohibition Act of 2009” to increase the driver’s awareness to the dangers of aged tires that are being sold and used in the country.

"The sale of tires older than six years for use on vehicles operated on the highways and roadways of the country is prohibited," Santiago said.

Violators face a fine P10,000 to P50,000 or imprisonment up to one year.

Citing a study by Safety Research and Strategies, Inc., an American company, Santiago said tires, like any other rubber product, have a limited service life regardless of tread depth and use.

"As tires age, the rubber components become harder and less elastic and the potential for corrosion and oxidation of the internal steel belts increases, even though there may be no external evidence for deterioration," Santiago said.

"Aged tires are often unsuspectingly put into service after having served as a spare, stored in garages or warehouses, or simply used on a vehicle that is infrequently driven. In many instances these tires show no visible sign of deterioration and absent of any visible indicators, tires with adequate tread depth are likely to be put into service regardless of age," Santiago added.

Under the bill, all sellers, vendors, distributors of tires shall provide a written statement of the date of manufacture of the tires being sold.

Each retailer, wholesaler and distributor of tires on the country shall at the place of sale, post in a conspicuous location, in letters at least two inches tall, a statement that indicates the dangers of aged tires.