WASHINGTON (Oct. 11) — A bill to create a national tire fuel efficiency consumer education program is probably dead in this Congress, according to the Rubber Manufacturers Association, the organization that championed it.
"We kept waiting for it to be put on the House suspension calendar, but it never was, and it probably won't come up in the lame-duck session," said an RMA spokesman.
The bill, which passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee June 20, would have mandated the establishment of a national tire fuel efficiency rating system for passenger tires, along with specifications for measuring tire rolling resistance and disseminating fuel efficiency information among consumers. The RMA promoted the bill as a less draconian alternative to rolling resistance bills introduced in the House and Senate, and the Tire Industry Association, despite some reservations, supported the bill as an alternative to crazy-quilt state regulations for tire fuel efficiency.
The Specialty Market Equipment Association, however, said the bill would impose a major regulatory burden on most of the tire industry and only further confuse motorists on tire safety and maintenance issues.