ATLANTA (Feb. 6, 2009)—The Tags and Titles Subcommittee of the Georgia House of Representatives has rejected a bill that would have banned retread tires from Georgia roads.
HB 144, sponsored by Rep. Sharon Beasley-Teague, D-Red Oak, would have changed a current state statute barring retreads from the front wheels of buses to forbid their use on buses or semitrailers anywhere in the state.
Harvey Brodsky, managing director of the Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau, wrote Rep. Beasley-Teague two days before the subcommittee vote, urging her to withdraw the bill.
“We cannot understand your reasons for this bill, since the safety of retreaded tires has been proven beyond the shadow of a doubt by millions of trucks and buses over billions of miles,” Brodsky wrote.
The bill would have been catastrophic for Georgia's school districts, Brodsky said, because it would have forced them to buy all new tires for school buses instead of cheaper and equally reliable retreads.