Current Issue

Mass. legislature to consider tire aging bill

Comments Email

BOSTON (Jan. 21, 2014) — On Jan. 22, a joint committee of the Massachusetts legislature will hear testimony on a bill that would make it illegal to have tires more than six years old on any passenger vehicle.

House Bill No. 3016 was introduced in January 2013 by Rep. Ruth Balser (I-12th Middlesex District). It would amend the state’s vehicle emissions testing requirements to include safety testing of most vehicle components, including tires, brakes, lights, steering, suspension, safety belts and exhaust systems.

Any passenger vehicle or light truck bearing a tire (including a full-service spare) more than six years of age according to its tire identification number would automatically fail a safety inspection, the bill states.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association, the Tire Industry Association and the New England Tire & Service Association all oppose the bill.

More Polls>

TB Reader Poll

Previous | Published June 15, 2018

Would you feel comfortable riding in a fully autonomous vehicle?

I’d do it in heartbeat. It sounds exciting.
25% (51 votes)
No way. I want to be able to control the vehicle myself.
33% (68 votes)
I’d give it try, but I’d rather drive myself.
42% (87 votes)
Total votes: 206
More Polls »