the 1999 session of the Virginia General Assembly, A House Joint
Resolution was passed requesting the Department of State Police to
"study the need for state standards for recapped vehicle tires.'' A
committee of 10 was appointed to make the study. Included were
representatives from the Virginia Department of State Police, Virginia
Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles,
Virginia Trucking Association, Virginia Tire & Automotive Service
Dealers Association, a private Virginia trucking company and a Virginia
part of the study, the Virginia Department of Transportation conducted a
Tire Debris Collection Survey on three different sections of heavily
traveled interstate highways. During the eight week survey, an estimated
127,522 pounds of tire debris was collected over 658 miles of Virginia
careful review of the available information the Study Committee was
convinced that the problem of tire debris along Virginia highways is not
due solely to retreaded tires. "Examination of the debris reveals many
of the tires are new and have never been recapped." (emphasis added)
study concluded by stating, "Based on the results of this study, this
Committee does not recommend the development of state standards. There
is a misconception that all tire debris problems are attributed to
retreading operations, which is not factual. (emphasis added)
Furthermore, imposing standards would only affect the 3.5 percent of
retreaders that operate in Virginia."
In lieu of developing state standards, the Committee recommended the following action:
on public education concerning proper tire maintenance and the
importance of maintaining recommended air pressure in tires.
key members of the tire industry to maintain strict industry standards
and follow recommended practices and processing guidelines.
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