Petition Tag - used

1. Allow Safe Second Hand Car Seats

On January 1st 2012, new Transport Canada legislation regarding car seats and booster seats came into play. Manufacturers have had almost 2 years to adapt their products to meet the new Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety standards (CMVSS: the standards that regulate the manufacturing and safe function of car seats and booster seats) and in many ways, the changes have been positive.

However, the new Transport Canada legislation also came along with a link to the new Health Canada’s Hazardous Products Act: the Consumer Product Safety Act of Spring 2011. The primary confusion lies in the relationship of the two laws to each other and whether parents should be lining up to buy new car seats.

Health Canada representatives explain that that there is no need to replace a car seat that is currently in use unless the seat was involved in a car crash or is past the expiry date. But Health Canada reps also confirm that the Act states that that no product can be sold OR GIVEN AWAY unless it complies with the applicable standards [the CMVSS] on the date it is SOLD or GIVEN AWAY. Supposedly this means that parents can keep using the car seat they bought last year, but they can’t sell it or give it to their sister unless it meets the 2012 standards.

The contradictory message from Health Canada is that these seats are still safe to use if you already own/use one (barring ones that are expired, damaged or recalled) but you can be sued or fined if you give away or lend it.

We (the Child Passenger Safety Association of Canada) feel that this act is unwittingly harming Canada’s high risk populations, those in the lowest socioeconomic strata as well as the working poor. The low income sectors in Canada typically rely on receiving car seats and booster seats from neighbors, friends, relatives and good hearted strangers. By fining or threatening these persons with legal action, we feel the children of low income families will be placed at risk.

→ Parents may not have a car seat or booster seat available due to the cost of purchasing a brand new seat;

→ they may not have one available for all their children and may have to make choices over who can ride in the car seat;

→ agencies or groups who assist low income parents by loaning good used car seats will have to destroy their current stock and see families without;

→ persons who have good, safe car seats to give away may choose not to do this in fear of reprisals from Health Canada and in conclusion;

→ Canadian children may be unsafe on our highways and provincial child passenger legislation maybe ignored due to the higher cost and greater fear of repercussions from the Consumer Product Safety Act.

2. Revise the bill on importing used electronics in Uganda

Since may 2010 there is a ban on used electronic imports in Uganda. This Ban is put in place because of protecting the environment, but did not come with regulations to still get good working used electronics into the country like computers that are affordable for most of the people in Uganda.

The development and proper implementation of an electronic waste management system in Uganda will solve the problem we are currently facing with regards to the end-of-life computers in our country. Banning importation of used computers is not a permanent fix to this problem and will only serve to postpone this problem. Not to mention the fact that many low income earners will not be able to afford the high priced computers.

Many charity organizations who are donating computers to schools, have to disappoint the schools now who can not afford to buy new computers. Even the individuals,students, businesspeople who want to start-up a business are not able to afford new computers.

3. Eliminate Presumptive Sales Tax for Used Cars in Texas

On October 1st, 2006 the Texas Legislature voted in a presumptive tax for used motor vehicles Purchased and or registered in Texas. (Added by Acts 2006, 79th Leg., 3rd C.S., ch. 6, § 3, eff. Oct. 1,

For example, this means that if you buy a vehicle for $1000, but the State says 80% of the value of this vehicle is $3000 (presumptive value), you will pay 6.25% of of $3000, as opposed to 6.25% of what you actually paid, which is $1000.