SEMA eNews Vol. 12, No. 6, February 12, 2009

New York Reintroduces Tire Fuel-Efficiency Bill

Legislation that seeks to require the development of a statewide program to mandate that replacement tires for passenger cars and light trucks be as energy efficient as tires sold as original equipment was reintroduced in the New York State Legislature. SEMA has defeated previous versions of this bill. 

While the measure contains a SEMA-drafted exemption for some hobbyist tires, including limited-production and off-road tires, SEMA has consistently recommended that the bill be rejected since the replacement tire-efficiency program conflicts with federal law by regulating fuel economy; imposes substantial redesign costs on tire manufacturers; competes with federal consumer information requirements; and essentially sets a 50-state standard.

For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

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