AUSTIN, Texas (Feb. 5)—The board of directors of the Texas Tire Dealers Association has reaffirmed its opposition to an industry "checkoff" program, according to TTDA Executive Director Chuck Space. The program—which would levy a small fee from the sale of each tire in the U.S. for industry research and education projects—would be a de facto tax, the TTDA board said in November.
The Tire Industry Association, which backs the program, sent the TTDA further details on its checkoff proposal, but the board "determined there was no new information that would make it change its mind," Space said. The TTDA will make the checkoff issue a discussion topic at its convention in April, he added.
TIA still hopes to make the checkoff program a reality, but needs to discuss the issue further with tire dealers and distributors, as well as getting from the Rubber Manufacturers Association a specific list of the RMA´s legal concerns regarding the plan, according to Roy Littlefield, TIA executive vice president.