Hard times for tyre dealers
I plan to continue to focus on TIA’s two main priorities of training and advocacy. TIA’s training continues to grow. TIA recently added Industrial Tire Service (ITS) to its suite of training programmes which already includes automotive, commercial, farm and earthmover. This addition gives our members a complete slate of training resources. Safety is our number one priority and TIA training saves lives both in the workplace and on the road. Since the inception of TIA’s training programs in 1997, approximately 95,000 instructors and technicians have been trained and/or certified.
TIA will continue its advocacy work on legislative issues to ensure that the voice of the industry is heard in Washington, D.C. Important issues this year have included tyre registration, estate tax repeal, highway funding, and FLSA proposals on overtime pay. It is important for TIA to continue to represent the voice of small businesses.
What is the biggest challenge TIA currently faces in the industry, nationally and internationally?
The greatest challenge facing the independent tyre dealer is profitability, and there is not end to the current and future challenges. New and future laws and regulations are expensive. New insurance mandates under Obamacare, sick leave, maternity leave, raising minimum wage, and FLSA proposals on overtime pay for managers and assistant managers on salary, all impact the dealer’s bottom line.
Tariffs affect our membership in numerous ways. We have retailers who want to offer a lower priced imported tire, and we have members who need only tyres manufactured in their country who see the imports as hurting margins. We have retreader members who fear that they lower priced commercial tyre imports could threaten the future of the retread industry.
PTA News Bureau
Full text in PTA October/November issue