SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 27)—The Appropriations Committee of the California Assembly is preparing to vote May 28 on a bill directing a state agency to establish a program ensuring that replacement tires sold in California are at least as fuel-efficient on average as original equipment tires. Groups such as the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the Tire Industry Association are mobilizing California tire dealers in opposition to the bill. They claim that decreasing tire rolling resistance to meet a California fuel efficiency standard would require tradeoffs with treadwear, thus increasing the state's scrap tire generation by 10 to 20 percent in exchange for uncertain fuel savings. The bill also would limit consumer choice in tires in California, driving many motorists to shop for tires out of state, the RMA and TIA said.
Tire industry fights California bill
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