The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association has had more noteworthy achievements than it's possible to enumerate here. Besides the elimination of the tread rubber tax in 1984, some of its other major accomplishments include:
Passage in 1935 of the Robinson-Patman Act intended to prohibit discriminatory pricing by tire makers and other suppliers;
Government implementation in 1956 of ``Tire Advertising Guides,'' prohibiting misleading tire names, descriptions and warranties;
Establishment in 1965 of the Tire Retreading Institute's voluntary standards and certification program;
Persuading Congress in 1982 to make voluntary the tire registration portion of the federal tire safety standards;
Offering dealers many educational opportunities such as the NTDRA Advanced Management Seminars, ``how-to'' manuals such as ``A Practical Approach to Improving Tire Dealers Profits,'' published in 1989 and the ``Stern Report'' of 1983. In that study, Northwestern University professor Louis W. Stern advised owners of smaller dealerships to pool their purchasing and marketing efforts for maximum impact in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
Developing insurance programs providing coverage to dealers at lower rates than otherwise would be available;
Adoption in 1992 of the ``Independent Tire Dealers' Bill of Rights,'' detailing how dealers would like to be treated by tire manufacturers and providing a benchmark by which suppliers can measure how well they stack up to those requirements in the opinion of their dealer customers.