WASHINGTON (Dec. 8) — Feb. 6 is the deadline for interested parties to answer the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's call for comments on the continuation of requirements for the collection of tire information.
NHTSA is asking for comment on a number of questions regarding whether the current tire registration system should be extended to allow tire dealers the choice of electronic or paper registration.
In August 2003, NHTSA told the Rubber Manufacturers Association that electronic registration could supplement but not replace the registration cards required by law. The Office of Management and Budget has asked NHTSA whether it wants to replace the current rule with electronic registration, and part of what NHTSA wants to answer is whether it can allow electronic registration to replace registration cards without rulemaking, an RMA spokesman said. "We would love to see more electronic registration permitted, since paper-only registration has not been very effective," the spokesman said.
Paul Kruder, president of Akron-based tire registration company CIMS Inc., said his company provides both electronic and paper-based registration systems where appropriate, and has no objections to electronic registration. But all-electronic registration could prove cumbersome to independent dealerships that deal with multiple brands. "With our All-Brand registration form, all the customer has to do is fill in his name and address and send it in," Kruder said, adding that with the All-Brand form CIMS's dealer clients achieve "close to 100-percent registration."