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Congress passes bill to reduce paperwork at dealerships

June 6, 2014
A bill that repeals an unnecessary paperwork burden on auto dealerships was presented to President Obama on May 30 after unanimous passage by both houses of Congress. The president has until late July to consider it.
House Resolution 724 eliminates a 1977 federal mandate requiring dealers to verify that new vehicles are compliant with the Clean Air Act. 
"All new cars and light trucks delivered to dealerships from the factory already come with documentation that the vehicles conform to federal emission laws," said Forrest McConnell, NADA chairman and a Honda and Acura dealer in Montgomery, Ala. "Requiring dealerships to fill out a form to recertify that a new vehicle complies with the Clean Air Act is redundant and unnecessary." 
McConnell added that new-vehicle owners can find documentation of Clean Air Act compliance under the hood of the vehicle, on the Internet, or in the owner’s manual and supplements, making additional government paperwork provided by the dealer unnecessary.