ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Three major tire and auto aftermarket associations got their wish when a tire fuel efficiency bill they opposed before the Maryland House of Representatives faltered.
The legislation, which would institute a program and rating system to promote the sale of fuel-efficient replacement tires in the state, received a unanimous unfavorable recommendation from the environmental matters committee. "This action effectively kills the legislation for the session," the Rubber Manufacturers Association said.
The bill would have misled consumers, the Tire Industry Association and the Specialty Equipment Market Association said in a Feb. 23 letter to the Maryland House Committee on Environmental Matters. The legislation also would impose a regulatory burden on the tire industry and require a large appropriation on the part of the Maryland state government, the groups said.
Meanwhile, the RMA at a March 7 hearing before the committee said a national consumer education program on tire rolling resistance would be far more useful to motorists than a patchwork of state fuel efficiency laws.