House Roads and Transportation committee advances Soliday’s automobile sales bill

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, February 2, 2017

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 2, 2017) – The House Committee on Roads and Transportation today passed State Rep. Ed Soliday’s (R-Valparaiso) bill that would establish new requirements for motor vehicle manufacturers to sell vehicles directly to the public.

House Bill 1592 would allow auto manufacturers to continue selling directly to the public if they have obtained a license to sell new motor vehicles before July 1, 2015, and the manufacturers establish at least one physical location in Indiana that is a warranty repair service center before Jan. 1, 2018.

“We heard the concerns of Hoosiers and worked to come up with a compromise that respects the work that Tesla has done while laying a foundation for the future that protects consumers,” said Soliday, who also chairs the committee. “The way goods and services are being sold is evolving. It is vital we adjust our policies to keep up with those changes.”

Tesla would be able to continue operating in Indiana under the amended bill.

Under the proposal, a manufacturer that meets the new requirements must stop selling directly to consumers if they sell a majority interest in their company to another vehicle manufacturer.

Soliday said the bill excludes trailers or semitrailers from the requirements as well as manufacturers that sell less than 1,000 units per year.

Soliday’s bill can now be considered by the House.

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State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) represents House District 4, which includes portions of Porter County.

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