Senate passes energy bill with rolling resistance amendment

Washington DC–The US Senate has passed a wide-ranging energy bill that includes an amendment by Sen. Charles Schumer, (Democrat, New York), calling for a national fuel efficiency rule for tyres.

The amendment, which the tyre industry opposes, would require that the rolling resistance on replacement tyres be less than or equal to that of original equipment tyres. California, which passed an identical bill in 2003, is now studying whether the law will compromise tyre safety, performance and recycling too much to enforce, and the Massachusetts legislature…

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