Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times
Truckers can have tread carved into their balding tires by llanteros, or tire men, before getting on the Harbor or Long Beach freeways. Regrooving is legal, according to California traffic codes, provided the tires are designed for it and their inner steel belts are not damaged in the process. When they cut into the steel belt, that tire becomes a bomb, said Harvey Brodsky, spokesman for the Tire Retread and Repair Information Bureau. Its a shame and a disgrace, and an example of whats going on in our ports.
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