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3029Ratification Number: 337Act Number: 300Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: HouseIntroduced Date: 19990112Primary Sponsor: MasonAll Sponsors: MasonDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\pt\1110mm99.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20000517Date of Last Amendment: 20000502Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 20000526Subject: Tires, regrooved and regroovable; regulation and sale of; Businesses and Corporations, Motor VehiclesHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 20000606 Act No. A300 ------ 20000526 Signed by Governor ------ 20000523 Ratified R337 House 20000517 Concurred in Senate amendment, enrolled for ratification Senate 20000503 Read third time, returned to House with amendment ------ 20000503 Scrivener's error corrected Senate 20000502 Amended, read second time ------ 20000428 Scrivener's error corrected Senate 20000427 Committee report: Favorable with 12 SLCI amendment Senate 19990316 Introduced, read first time, 12 SLCI referred to Committee House 19990316 Read third time, sent to Senate House 19990315 Read second time, unanimous consent for third reading on the next Legislative day House 19990310 Committee report: Favorable 26 HLCI House 19990112 Introduced, read first time, 26 HLCI referred to Committee House 19981209 Prefiled, referred to Committee 26 HLCI Versions of This Bill Revised on March 10, 1999 - Word format Revised on April 27, 2000 - Word format Revised on April 28, 2000 - Word format Revised on May 2, 2000 - Word format Revised on May 3, 2000 - Word format
(A300, R337, H3029)
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 39, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO TRADE AND COMMERCE, BY ADDING CHAPTER 75 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE REGULATION OF THE SALE OF REGROOVED AND REGROOVABLE TIRES, AND TO PROVIDE FOR CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR A KNOWING VIOLATION OF THE PROVISIONS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Regulation of sale of regrooved and regroovable tires
SECTION 1. Title 39 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
Section 39-75-10. As used in this chapter, the term:
(1) 'Regroovable tire' means a tire, either original tread or retread, designed and constructed with sufficient tread material to permit renewal of the tread pattern or the generation of a new tread pattern in a manner which conforms to this chapter.
(2) 'Regrooved tire' means a tire, either original tread or retread, on which the tread pattern has been renewed or a new tread has been produced by cutting into the tread of a worn tire to a depth equal to or deeper than the molded original groove depth.
Section 39-75-20. (A) Except as permitted in subsection (B) of this section, a person shall not sell, offer for sale, or introduce or deliver for introduction into commerce regrooved tires produced by removing rubber from the surface of a worn tire tread to generate a new tread pattern. A person who regrooves tires and leases them to owners or operators of motor vehicles and a person who regrooves his own tires for use on motor vehicles is considered to be a person delivering for introduction into commerce within the meaning of this section.
(B) A regrooved tire may be sold, offered for sale, or introduced for sale or delivered for introduction into commerce only if it conforms to each of the following requirements:
(1) The tire being regrooved is a regroovable tire.
(2) After regrooving, cord material below the grooves must have a protective covering of tread material at least 3/32-inch thick.
(3) After regrooving, the new grooves generated into the tread material and residual original molded tread groove which is at or below the new regrooved depth must have a minimum of ninety linear inches of tread edges for each linear foot of the circumference.
(4) After regrooving, the new groove width generated into the tread material must be a minimum of 3/16-inch and a maximum of 5/16-inch.
(5) After regrooving, all new grooves cut into the tread must provide unobstructed fluid escape passages.
(6) After regrooving, the tire must not contain any of the following defects, as determined by a visual examination of the tire either mounted on the rim or dismounted:
(a) cracking which extends to the fabric;
(b) groove cracks or wear extending to the fabric; or
(c) evidence of ply, tread, or sidewall separation.
(7) If the tire is siped by cutting the tread surface without removing rubber, the tire cord material may not be damaged as a result of the siping process, and a sipe may not be deeper than the original or retread groove depth.
(C) A person shall not sell, offer for sale, or introduce for sale or deliver for introduction into commerce a regroovable tire that has been siped by cutting the tread surface without removing rubber if the tire cord material is damaged as a result of the siping process, or if the tire is siped deeper than the original or retread groove depth.
Section 39-75-30. A tire designed and constructed for regrooving shall be labeled on one sidewall with the word 'REGROOVABLE'.
Section 39-75-40. This chapter does not apply to regrooved or regroovable tires intended solely for export outside the United States, which tires must be labeled or tagged for export; nor does it apply to tires intended solely for agricultural use or for off the road industrial use.
Section 39-75-50. Any person who knowingly sells, offers for sale, or delivers for introduction into this State regrooved tires not in conformity with this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be imprisoned not more than one year or fined not more than five thousand dollars, or both."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 23rd day of May, 2000.
Approved the 26th day of May, 2000.
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