WASHINGTON (June 23, 2005) — Repeating his actions of two years ago, Sen.Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is offering an amendment on the Senate floor to the Senate version of the energy bill to create a “National Tire Fuel Efficiency Program.”
As with the California state bill passed two years ago, the Schumer amendment would set a minimum fuel economy standard for replacement tires at least equal to the average fuel economy of original equipment tires—as long as the standard was technically feasible and wouldn't affect either safety or tread life.
The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), which already is fighting a tire fuel efficiency measure in Massachusetts, opposes the Schumer amendment. “Lowering a tire's rolling resistance results in tire performance trade-offs that include less tread-life and decreased traction performance,” the RMA said in a press release.
The House of Representatives passed an energy bill last April that does not include a fuel efficiency amendment, and the energy package will have to go to conference once the Senate finishes work on it.