Industry awaits next move regarding rolling resistance bill

Aug. 9, 2006

H.R. 5632, the rolling resistance bill, "is on the House calendar, so it could be called up at any time when Congress returns in September," says Stuart Gosswein, director, federal government affairs, for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA).

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.

"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," say Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA) officials.

The RMA, like the Tire Industry Association, is in favor of the bill. SEMA, on the other hand, believes the bill is "unnecessary" and would impose burdens on small businesses, among other problems.

H.R. 5632 was approved by the House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce Committee in June.

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