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Natural Resources Canada survey to explore carrier tire-buying habits

OTTAWA, Ont. -- Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has created a new survey that asks why and how carriers purch...

OTTAWA, Ont. — Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has created a new survey that asks why and how carriers purchase tires for their equipment.

Officials say improved tire technology has been identified by the carrier community and government as an opportunity to improve the fuel efficiency in the sector, and NRCan says it will use the knowledge gained in the survey to possibly develop a fuel efficiency tire labelling program.

NRCan says the survey should take no more than 10 minutes and will ask carriers:

-How and where they purchase their tires

-Most important features you look for in a tire for both tractors and trailers

-Issues around retreaded tires

-How you manage the purchasing and maintenance of tires

-Experiences with single and fuel efficient tires

-Awareness of SmartWay and other labelling programs

-Preferred communication method with the industry.

“This is an important opportunity for the industry to educate government on our sector,” said Canadian Trucking Alliance CEO David Bradley. “The creation of a tire labelling program, in and of itself, is helpful to the industry but it would also be beneficial to the possible introduction of a rebate system based on this labelling program,” added Bradley.

Officials say carriers participating in the survey will remain anonymous as results will be reported to the government in aggregate form. The closing date to participate in the survey is March 31. To take the survey, visit here.

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