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The European Union gives the go ahead for tyre labelling.

Regulations and Safety Published the 18/12/2009 by Laurent

In the next 3 years European consumers will benefit from a labelling system providing information about the tyre efficiency and performance. This will facilitate consumers in making their choice before purchase.

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On October 1st the European Parliament decided to go ahead with a new tyre labelling system specifying efficiency levels of new products. These regulations will come into force on November 1st 2012.  Three criteria have been agreed on and will be displayed on the labels, efficiency of fuel consumption, road grip on wet roads and a noise level indicator. 

 

A letter from A to G will enable the consumer to analyse the first 2 criteria, the best efficiency rating is stamped ‘green class A’ and the least efficient (‘red class G’)

Regarding noise levels, the European Parliament has negotiated a new pictogram design.  The level of external noise generated will be indicated by an increasing number of black waves being emitted from a speaker.  Less noisy tires (levels of noise less than 68 decibels) for example, will be labeled with a white wave and two black ones next to its value in decibels. 

 

This new measure will lead to increased fuel efficiency as we realize that certain tyres raise fuel consumption by up to 10%.  The bill will oblige dealers to display the labels so that the consumer can choose based on knowledge gained through information displayed on the label. This rule will concern cars, passenger vehicles and heavy goods vehicles. The rule excludes some types of tyres e.g.  Retreaded tyres (those repairable by replacing a layer of rubber) and these represent  half of the HGV market.

 

The secondary effect of this bill will be the race towards innovation within the tyre world as manufacturers concentrate mainly on fuel efficiency and limiting tyre/road noise. This new bill fits in with the European Union’s target of improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020, which should bring about a series of new measures to encourage Europeans to be environmentally conscious when making purchases. In the nineties the Commission introduced a labeling system for household appliances and in 2010 this should apply to televisions too.

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