Tire Trouble

The motor-transportation crisis, long foreseen, has arrived. But the crisis comes not from a shortage of rubber, but of workers and equipment with which to produce heavy-duty tires.

One by one, hundreds of the nation's essential trucks and busses are limping into garages—their heavy tires worn out, and no new ones available. From the great distances of the Southwest, one bus operator reported last week that from 25 to 50% of his equipment will be tied up within 30 to 60 days. Another trucker expects one-third of his units to be off the road by August 15. With new...

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