WASHINGTON-The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association is expanding its surveys measuring supplier compliance with its Independent Tire Dealers Bill of Rights. Future surveys will ask dealers to rate private brand marketers as well as tire manufacturers, the NTDRA said.
The association announced June 15 that, at the suggestion of its Private Brand Tire Group, it will include that group's member companies in the future when surveying dealers to determine how well tire suppliers are complying with the provisions of the dealer Bill of Rights.
NTDRA President Art Lutz called the decision further evidence that the association-sponsored Bill of Rights can help improve the relations between independents and their suppliers.
Since the Bill of Rights document was drafted by the NTDRA in 1992, Mr. Lutz said, thousands of association members have participated in such surveys, rating tire manufacturers on such criteria as the fairness of their pricing and marketing practices concerning independent dealerships, company stores, mass merchandisers and other channels of tire distribution.
Results of the NTDRA's most recent Bill of Rights survey are scheduled to be presented at the ``Town Meeting'' session, which will take place during the association's annual convention, to be held Sept. 8-11 in Dallas.