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New consumer TPMS education package
Bartec USA has launched a package of POS materials developed to help tire dealers better explain TPMS and the need for proper TPMS service. "We surveyed hundreds of tire shops and found a common message, technicians and counter people need help explaining what TPMS is all about," said Scot Holloway, CEO.
A hike in the minimum wage could be a huge boon to small businesses
During the State of the Union address President Barack Obama proposed raising the hourly minimum wage $1.75, from $7.25 to $9.00. This would be a significant move, and conveniently there's an immense amount of research available pertaining to its effects. Still a major question that hangs over the debate is the impact that a hike in the minimum would have on small businesses.
EMA supports proposal to prohibit E15 gasoline
Modern Tire Dealer
The Specialty Equipment Market Association is supporting legislation (S 344) introduced in the U.S. Senate to ban the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol. The bill would overturn actions taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency two years ago to permit ethanol levels to rise from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15). The agency is only requiring a gas pump warning label to alert motorists that E15 could potentially cause equipment failure for vehicles older than model year 2001.
Looking to share your expertise?
In an effort to enhance the overall content of TTDA Today, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of TTDA, your knowledge and experience in the industry can be of great help to your fellow members. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit, and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. The only true stipulation we have is that you don't promote a specific product or service. It's not to say that you can't mention new technology or a new procedure associated with a specific company, but the article can't be an advertorial. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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2 tire makers petition NHTSA
Michelin North America Inc. and Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. have petitioned the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for decisions of inconsequential noncompliance. Both Michelin and Cooper said they made small batches of tires that do not comply with NHTSA tire safety regulations. The tire makers argue that the noncompliance issues are not severe enough to mandate a full-fledged public recall. If NHTSA denies their requests, they will have to initiate tire recalls.
Departing SBA chief: What's next for small business
Challenges abound for the next leader of the U.S. Small Business Administration: imminent federal spending cuts, diminished bank lending to small businesses, and frustration from employers that will soon be required to offer workers health insurance. Karen Mills, the outgoing SBA chief, says she's leaving behind an agency that's ready to tackle each of these hurdles.
States consider banning credit card surcharges
Charge a fee to use your credit card? It's legal for merchants to do that, unless barred by state law. Ten states already ban such surcharges — California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma and Texas — and more may join the list. The legislatures in 11 other states are currently considering bills that would prevent these so-called "check out" fees.
More traction for fuel-efficient tires
The New York Times
The engineers who create gallon-squeezing cars like the Toyota Prius use every available method to comply with the ever-tightening fuel-economy standards they must meet. Those solutions may include the use of hybrid powertrains, adopting lightweight materials, cutting aerodynamic drag and minimizing the friction losses of moving parts. There's another path to fuel efficiency that may be less attention-getting, yet rather effective: equipping the cars with low-rolling-resistance tires.
Fast rising gas prices could hurt recovering economy
Just ask anyone about the rising price of fuel — and the frustration quickly surfaces. Gasoline prices around North Texas were recently hovering around $3.71 a gallon for regular unleaded. But, some commuters are already paying more.
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