ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 8) — The Rubber Manufacturers Association, the Tire Industry Association and the Specialty Equipment Market Association have joined to oppose a Maryland House bill that would mandate statewide standards to ensure that replacement tires are as fuel-efficient as original equipment tires.
The bill, which is similar to legislation that passed the California legislature in 2003, would cause far more harm than good, the associations said.
Tracey Norberg, RMA vice president and deputy general counsel, testified before a Maryland House committee that a national consumer education program on tire rolling resistance would be far more useful to motorists than state mandates.
Other states, such as Massachusetts and Connecticut, have considered or are considering tire fuel efficiency legislation similar to that passed by California. Meanwhile, the California Energy Commission has yet to complete testing to indicate whether a statewide fuel efficiency mandate is feasible.