Senate Bill 2979 introduced by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago addresses a research done by Safety Research and Strategies Inc. indicating that tires aged six years or older, regardless of tread depth and mileage, will have deteriorated causing rubber components to be harder and less elastic, and with the potential for its internal steel belts to have corroded over time.
Known as the ‘Old Tires Sale Prohibition Act,’ it seeks to prohibit the sale of used or brand new tires that have been stocked in warehouses or stores for six years or more.
Tire sellers, retailers, wholesalers and distributors will be required to provide the buyer a ‘written statement of the date of manufacture of the tires being sold’ and to also post, at the point of sale and ‘in a conspicuous location’ in letters at least two inches tall, a pre-drafted statement indicating the dangers of using old tires. It is as follows:
‘WARNING: AGED TIRES CAN FAIL IN USE, CAUSING LOSS OF VEHICLE CONTROL, AND PERSONAL INJURY. TIRES DETERIORATE WITH AGE, EVEN WITH LITTLE OR NO USE. TIRES OLDER THAN SIX YEARS MAY NOT BE SOLD OR MOUNTED FOR USE ON VEHICLES OPERATED ON THE HIGHWAYS AND ROADWAYS OF THE PHILIPPINES.’
If passed into law, violators will fined not less than Php 10,000 but not more than Php 50,000 or imprisonment of not less than two months but not more than one year or both depending on the court’s decision.
Mandatory replacement of tires 10 years or older
The bill also seeks the mandatory replacement of all tires installed in vehicles that are aged ten years from the date of manufacture.