WASHINGTON (July 23) — The Rubber Manufacturers Association spent about $100,000 last year on outside consultants to lobby Congress to pass a national tire fuel efficiency program, according to forms submitted to the Senate.
The RMA paid Compass Consulting Group $100,000 to lobby on its behalf, and the association spent $450,000 on its own internal lobbying efforts in 2006, an RMA spokesman said. The internal funds were spent primarily on the tire fuel efficiency effort and an issue in a Department of Transportation appropriations bill.
In May the Senate Commerce Committee passed a corporate average fuel economy bill that would require auto makers´ car and truck fleets to average 35 mpg in fuel economy by 2020. That bill included language the RMA supports to establish a mandatory tire fuel efficiency consumer information program to be administered by the National Traffic Safety Administration.
RMA supports the legislation as a way to forestall nationwide adoption of a California law that requires replacement tires to be at least as fuel efficient as original equipment tires. The RMA helped defeat legislation similar to California´s law in four states.