SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 5, 2003)—The California Assembly has passed a unique, controversial replacement tire energy efficiency bill by a 48-29 vote.
The legislation would direct the state to establish a program to ensure that replacement tires sold in California are at least as fuel-efficient as original equipment tires.
The bill's sponsor—Assemblyman Joe Nation, D-San Rafael—claims it would save some 300 million gallons of fuel annually. The tire industry, however, insists the bill would require tradeoffs between rolling resistance and treadwear that ultimately would increase the state's scrap tire generation by 10 to 20 percent annually.
A spokesman for the Rubber Manufacturers Association said Mr. Nation has indicated he is willing to work with the industry to draft a compromise measure for the state Senate, “but that remains to be seen.”