Dealers’ group: RI Tesla sales would hurt businesses, customers


(MM) NEW AT FIVE THIRTY- THE RHODE ISLAND AUTOMOBILE DEALERS ASSOCIATION IS PUSHING BACK AGAINST—- THE GOVERNOR’S INTEREST IN BRINGING TESLA MOTORS SALES TO THE STATE– SAYING THE MOVE WOULD HURT SMALL BUSINESSES. EYEWITNESS NEWS CHECKED WITH THE ORGANIZATION.. AFTER GOVERNOR RAIMONDO SAID—– SHE WOULD LIKE TESLA TO BE ABLE TO SELL IN THE STATE– FOLLOWING A SPEECH BY TESLA CEO ELON MUSK AT LAST WEEKEND’S NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION SUMMER CONFERENCE. CURRENTLY– RHODE ISLAND STATE LAW PROHIBITS CAR MANUFACTURERS FROM SELLING DIRECTLY TO CUSTOMERS WITHOUT USING A DEALERSHIP– TESLA ONLY SELLS DIRECT. ELON MUSK TOLD A PACKED BALLROOM ON SATURDAY THAT OUTDATED REGULATIONS CAN BE PROHIBITIVE. [“It’s very easy to put something in place which is an inhibitor to innovation without realizing it,”] (MM) GOVERNOR RAIMONDO SAYS SHE PLANS TO LOOK AT CHANGING THE LAWS THAT BAN CAR MANUFACTURERS FROM SELLING DIRECT TO CUSTOMERS. BUT JACK PERKINS, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE RHODE ISLAND DEALERS GROUP, SUPPORTS THE CURRENT LAWS SAYING: “THEY’RE GOOD FOR SMALL BUSINESS AS WELL AS GOOD FOR THE CONSUMER…”DEALERS ARE LOCAL. THEY’RE IN THE COMMUNITY AND THEY’RE SMALL BUSINESSES. AUTO MANUFACTURERS ARE NOT, THEY’RE BIG MULTINATIONAL

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