USTMA Outlines Six Policy Areas in Letter to Congress

Feb. 7, 2022

The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA) recently sent a letter to Congress that lists "six specific policy proposals" designed "to strengthen the American tire manufacturing industry and help the country develop roadways with the future in mind."

The six policy areas identified in the letter to Congressional leadership include:

  • Investments for the research and integration of rubber-modified asphalt to advance infrastructure projects;
  • Research investments for tire-derived aggregate  in storm water infiltration galleries;
  • Research investments for storm water run-off and roadway run-off mitigation efforts;
  • Incentives for the use and manufacturing of retreaded tires;
  • Incentives for the use of low rolling resistance tires for public and private use, and;
  • Federal fleet management policy "that ensures 100% of tires in the federal fleet enter circular and sustainable scrap tire markets."

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to truly transform the country’s infrastructure by focusing on our shared priorities,” says Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO.

“The tire industry is ready to lead - with innovative technologies that not only improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles, but also enhance the performance and durability of our roadways. By embracing these new technologies, we can create highly resilient infrastructure capable of carrying our nation well into the future, while bolstering the American tire manufacturing industry and propelling the United States as a leader in tire technology research.”