MONTPELIER, Vt. (Feb. 12, 2008) — The New England Tire & Service Association is helping its Vermont members fight a bill that would impose a 50-cent fee on each new tire sold in Vermont to clean up tires dumped in rivers or at trash sites.
The bill is scheduled for a vote soon before the Vermont House´s Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources Committee. The fee would be imposed either by tire dealers or on new vehicles, according to the bill.
Tire and auto dealers argue they already voluntarily collect and legally dispose of the scrap tires they take from customers. Furthermore, with sales-tax-free New Hampshire next door, a tire fee in Vermont will serve to provide Vermont consumers with an incentive to cross the border to buy their tires and vehicles.
However, Rep. Jon Anderson, the bill´s sponsor, said he doesn´t think an extra $2.50 on the price of a new car or $2 on a full set of tires will cause many consumers to leave Vermont for their purchases.