DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Aug. 11, 2006) — The Massachusetts legislature adjourned for the year without passing a bill under consideration that would have mandated a statewide tire efficiency program.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) said the legislation would have required the development of a program in the state to mandate that replacement tires for passenger cars and light trucks be as energy efficient as tires sold as original equipment. The bill had contained a SEMA-drafted exemption for some hobbyist tires—including limited-production and off-road tires. But the Diamond Bar-based trade group said it opposed the overall measure “since the replacement tire efficiency program conflicted with federal law by regulating fuel economy, imposed substantial redesign costs on tire manufacturers, competed with federal consumer information requirements and essentially set a 50-state standard.”
SEMA said it also was concerned that the bill “would have dissuaded consumers from buying tires that may have improved performance, handling or appearance features, based solely on a rolling resistance rating.”