New Lawmakers are considering a collection of bills that will, if they become law, revers a recent state court decision while preventing Tesla and all other carmakers from selling their cars directly from the factory to the customer. If the bills are signed into law, it will simply reinforce the belief that lawmakers tend to care more about protecting their buddies, in this case car dealership owners, rather than protecting the freedom of you and me to participate in the free market.
New York is not the only place in the nation where Tesla has run into roadblocks (sorry) as it has tried to sell cars directly to customers without going through a middleman. North Carolina, Texas and several other states either already have such laws on their books or bills that will ban the direct selling of cars.
Speaking about how harmful such bans force stores to close and cost real people real jobs, Tesla spokeswoman Shanna Hendricks said, “For auto dealer Associations to claim that restricting competition is in the best interests of the public is wrong and defies obvious common sense.”