STATEHOUSE (Jan. 23, 2018) — The House of Representatives today voted in support of State Rep. Bob Morris’ (R-Fort Wayne) legislation that would prohibit the installation of unsafe used tires.
Morris said his proposal for a new law would further protect motorists by ensuring tires with 2/32 of an inch or less of tread are not sold for installation on a motor vehicle in Indiana. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, worn-out tires are three times more likely to be involved in a crash than tires with sufficient tread depth.
“This is an effort to protect everyone on our roadways,” Morris said. “I understand used and affordable tires should still be an option to consumers, but we don’t want anyone to put themselves and others in danger. It’s important to note this does not ban all used tires, but targets those that are clearly unsafe.”
The NHTSA reported tire-related incidents are directly responsible for approximately 200 fatalities and nearly 6,000 injuries annually. Unsafe tires also include those with signs of bulging and those that are cut, cracked, punctured, scraped or worn and exposes the reinforcing plies.
This legislation can now be considered by the Senate. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.
State Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) represents House District 84,
which includes portions of Allen County.
A high-resolution photo of Morris can be downloaded by clicking here
State Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at the Statehouse holds up a section of a new tire to demonstrate its features and tread depth versus a tire of unacceptable standards according to his proposed legislation. The House voted 80-15 in support of Morris’ legislation that would prohibit the sale of unsafe used tires.