ERJ staff report (DS)
San Francisco, California - The US-based Tire Industry Association has said in evidence that it, â€œremains strongly opposed to implementing new tyre labels as the primary mechanism for the national consumer education campaign.â€
The group was presenting its views to the the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Tire Fuel Efficiency (TFE) Workshop held this past Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Federal Building in San Francisco, California.
The TFE Workshop was a forum to discuss the US tyre rating system on rolling resistance, which is required by the federal Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. Part of the Act is the establishment of a Tire Fuel Efficiency Consumer Information Program with the goal of increasing fuel efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing America's energy independence.
The TIA position was presented by Kevin Rohlwing, Senior Vice President of Training. Rohlwing testified that "proper tyre inflation, rotation, alignment, and maintenance are still the most effective and proven methods for improving tyre fuel efficiency." He stressed that NHTSA's own research has indicated that rolling resistance is not an important factor for tyre buyers and it will not have a major effect on fuel consumption in the United States.
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