PACIFIC GROVE, Calif. (Jan. 30) — The Tire Retread Information Bureau is protesting a proposed Florida bill that would prohibit the use of retreads on most commercial vehicles on Florida highways.
Florida Senate Bill 0912 would ban the use of retreaded tires on "truck tractors, pole trailers or semitrailers operated on public roads, streets or highways" in the state. The proposal doesn´t apply to tractors or trailers when they are operated only in truck yards or off-road applications.
The bill was filed Jan. 25 by Republican State Sen. Victor Crist and would take effect July 1 if passed. The bill´s language does not state any further guidelines or explanations as to why such a prohibition is necessary or how it would be enforced.
TRIB Managing Director Harvey Brodsky said he has alerted all TRIB members of the proposed legislation after a member in Florida had contacted him. He said TRIB has sent an e-mail to Crist objecting to the retread prohibition and mailed a packet of educational materials to him for review. The e-mail invited Crist to attend the Tire Industry Association´s commercial tire, retreading and recycling conference, Feb. 6-8 in Tampa, Fla., to meet members of the retreading industry.
Brodsky said he thinks the bill´s genesis may have come from tire debris on Florida´s roads.
"(Crist) has a firestorm on his hands because many of our members have inundated him with e-mails," Brodsky said, adding he doesn´t think the bill has a strong chance of becoming law.