Retreads may receive SmartWay certification
The Tread Rubber & Tire Repair Materials Manufacturers’ Group (TRMG) has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to bring truck tire retreads into the SmartWay program.
A number of new truck tires from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., Michelin North America Inc., Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions, Continental Tire North America Inc., and Hankook Tire America Corp. have earned SmartWay certification from the EPA.
“To be a SmartWay-approved retread, the retread must be on a SmartWay-approved casing and it must (have) a fuel-efficient tread,” says Larry Tucker, marketing manager, long haul tires, for Goodyear.
Tucker believes the EPA will green light the proposal. “It will encourage fleets to use more SmartWay-approved casings.”