WASHINGTON (March 16) — Tire fuel efficiency legislation has been turned down in Maryland and Connecticut, the Rubber Manufacturers Association said.
The Maryland bill received a unanimous unfavorable recommendation from the environmental matters committee. "This action effectively kills the legislation for the session," the RMA said.
In Connecticut, the tire fuel efficiency provision missed a reporting deadline. The RMA said the issue could be brought back for consideration, but "by missing this deadline, tire fuel efficiency legislation is effectively dead for the remainder of the year."
The RMA said it worked with the Tire Industry Association to oppose the measures in both states.
Tire fuel efficiency legislation being considered in some states, including California, would mandate statewide standards to ensure that replacement tires are as fuel-efficient as original equipment tires.