A group working to boost awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of retread tires has launched a “Dear Senator” letter campaign to relay their their concerns to U.S. lawmakers.
Retread Instead says its main function is to support imposing tariffs on imported Chinese truck and bus tires that are non-retreadable.
The goals of Retread Instead’s letter-writing campaign are to inform Senators about:
- Making sure the U.S. International Trade Commission, which investigates the effects of imports on domestic industries, has a full complement of commissioners at all times. Retread Instead says the ITC currently has only four of six positions filled.
- The more than 60,000 jobs in the retreading and related industries threatened by the importation of non-retreadable truck and bus tires sold at or below market value.
- The environmental impact of non-retreadable truck tires.
- The need to conserve natural resources by using truck and bus tires that can be repaired, retreaded and run multiple times before having to be replaced.
According to Retread Instead, the International Trade Commission voted in 2017 not to impose tariffs on the importation of Chinese-made truck and bus tires. The United Steelworkers Union filed an appeal to challenge the decision.
Retread Instead put together a letter that can be signed online and sent to a senator or printed and sent by mail.