WASHINGTON (Dec. 10)—The Tire Industry Association is proposing a National Tire Safety, Research and Education Alliance Act for approval of an industry "checkoff" program, TIA said in a news release.
If the bill becomes law, the industry and the federal government would assess a fee for every highway vehicle tire sold in the U.S. to fund tire industry consumer education, employee safety and training, and research and development projects. The amount of the fee still has not been decided.
The plan must be approved by a two-thirds majority of Congress, must be approved by an industry referendum, and can be abandoned at any time by industry referendum, TIA said.
Officials of the Rubber Manufacturers Association, which is discussing the concept of a checkoff program with TIA, could not be reached immediately for comment.