Rolling resistance bill could come up for vote soon

July 18, 2006

H.R. 5632, the rolling resistance bill, "could be called up for a voice vote (in the House of Representatives) in the near future," according to Stuart Gosswein, director, federal government affairs, for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), which opposes the bill.

The vote could happen "before or after the August recess," which begins on July 29, he says.

Earlier today, the Tire Industry Association came out in favor of the bill.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) also supports H.R. 5632, which was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee last month.

The bill would require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to "promulgate a rule that will create a national rating system for tire rolling resistance," say RMA officials.

"The information provided by this rating system will enable consumers to make informed choices about tires that may help their vehicles obtain better fuel efficiency.

"They also will receive information about tire maintenance, which will help them maximize safety, get more miles from their tires and help save fuel."

SEMA believes the bill is "unnecessary" and says it would impose burdens on small businesses, among other problems.