TIA Forum to Tackle Right to Repair, EVs

  • Release Date: September 06, 2023

BOWIE, Md. – Are you concerned about right to repair legislation and how the growth in electric vehicles might impact your tire and automotive service business? You’re not alone.

These are two of the hottest issues on the minds of tire industry business owners today. In fact, some tire dealers believe passage of right to repair legislation is crucial to the very survival of the independent tire and automotive service aftermarket. 

But how best to deal with them? That’s the gist of a special Right to Repair/Electric Vehicle (EV) Forum the Tire Industry Association will hold on Monday, Oct. 30, the day before the opening of the Global Tire Expo/SEMA Show this fall in Las Vegas.

TIA is inviting key industry stakeholders, including tire dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and activists to participate in an engaging, open discussion of these important topics. The Forum will take place from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Melrose 4 at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

“We recognize how important right to repair legislation is to the survival of the independent tire and automotive aftermarket,” said TIA CEO Richard “Dick” Gust. “We understand the challenges electric vehicles are creating for tire and vehicle service shops. What better way to address them than in Las Vegas and the GTE/SEMA Show where industry leaders can delve into these topics, share thoughts and ideas, and hopefully come up with some strategies in dealing with them.”

Speakers from TIA and the Specialty Equipment Market Association will lead the right to repair discussion, while members of TIA’s Electric Vehicle Advisory Council will conduct the forum on EVs.

Anyone interested in participating in the Forum should contact TIA Vice President of Government Affairs Roy Littlefield to reserve their spot. TIA also will provide lunch prior to the Forum for those who are interested.

For more information and/or to sign up for the Forum, contact at Littlefield at 240 544-1265 or by email at