RALEIGH, N.C. (Jan. 17) — The North Carolina General Assembly´s joint transportation oversight committee has voted unanimously to perform a study of the state government's retread tire contracts. The study will compare the bead-to-bead retreading technology of White´s Tire Service Inc. of Wilson, N.C., with competitors´ retreading processes to determine which methods are the most durable and cost-effective, said committee Chairman Rep. Nelson Cole.
Last year, a report from North Carolina´s Office of the State Auditor said White's Tire may have overcharged the state more than $361,000 annually since 2002 for unnecessary spot repairs on rear-axle school bus tires.
Ed White, president of White´s Tire, vigorously denied the charges. The state contract allows White´s Tire to charge for up to three spot repairs per tire, but the necessary spot jobs per tire average about nine, according to White. "The North Carolina state contract says each tire we retread must be equal in safety and performance to a new tire," he said. "My rule is that when we find any flaws, cuts or nicks, we repair them and put the tire back in new-tire condition before we put on the rubber."
White said he has saved North Carolina millions of dollars in new school bus tire purchases.