WASHINGTON—The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association has identified a half dozen issues it considers legislative priorities for the 118th U.S. Congress to consider, including increased use of retreads, funding for domestic natural rubber cultivation and action on a consumer tire information initiative.
"Members of USTMA urge the 118th Congress to collaborate to address important issues facing the U.S. tire manufacturing sector and the American public," USTMA President and CEO Anne Forristall Luke said.
"Federal regulations, investment and research must keep pace with the advancements in automotive technology, and our members stand ready to work with legislators and the Biden Administration to implement the important solutions laid out in our correspondence."
The USTMA laid out what it considers legislative priorities in a letter to Congressional leadership outlining key areas of continued cooperation to address the evolving areas of tire safety, environmental stewardship and innovation.
In past years, the USTMA engaged with Congress on policies to promote innovative infrastructure technologies and to position the U.S. tire manufacturing industry better to tackle various challenges.
The current priorities agenda expands that scope to include equal and standardized access to vehicle data assets and the development of a domestic supply chain of natural rubber.