Saturday, January 16, 2010
Your (Tire Inflation) Papers Please
The enactment in 2006 of AB-32 (The Global Warming Solutions Act ) in California and establishing the California Air Resources Board to enforce it will soon begin to bearing bitter fruit for residents as well as motor vehicle operators in that hapless state. Regulations proposed by the CARB will require that all auto repair shops in the state "check the inflation of every tire during auto repair in their shops to improve mpg for all vehicles."
The vehicle owners cannot refuse this "service" unless the shop charges extra for it and only if they can "prove with documentation that they’ve had their tires checked and inflated in the last 30 days, or if they WILL do so within the next week". In other words, you can no longer inflate your own tires, but must have it done by a "technician" who provides "documentation". The penalty for "violation" of the regulation is up to $1,000.00 per violation and 6 months imprisonment. You simply cannot make this stuff up.
The following likely conversation between two inmates in the "overcrowded" Kalifornia GULAG system can no longer be considered hyperbole:
jailbird 1: So what's your rap for being here?
jailbird 2: I inflated the tires on my '72 Chevy, what's yours?
jailbird 1: Cited twice for driving my '66 Mustang without wearing seat belts.
jailbird 2: But '66 Mustangs didn't have seat belts.
jailbird 1: Tell it to the KHG! (Kalifornia Highway Gestapo)