Forthcoming tyre performance labelling
From November 2012, tyres will have to be sold with a label informing the customer of their performance. The criteria: safety, consumption, and noise pollution. This is a favourable time for green tyres.
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Consumers will finally be able to choose their tyres willingly and knowingly. After a vote in the European parliament in April 2009, new legislation will apply to sales of tyres starting from 1st November 2012.
The three criteria
The scheme states that tyres will have to be sold with a label providing information on three criteria:
o Tyre fuel savings;
o Level of braking on wet roads;
o Tyre noise level.
The regulation will apply to tyres for cars, light commercial vehicles and heavy trucks manufactured from July 2012. This is official recognition of the product's performance.
What will the label look like? A letter associated with a colour will be used to assess the first two criteria. The rating will be as follows: from the best performance (green class "A") to the worst (red class "G"). The external rolling noise will be indicated in decibels (a quiet tyre should emit less than 68 db) and the increasing number of waves will be indicated with a loudspeaker icon.
An incentive for manufacturers
One of the effects of this measure is an acceleration of innovation in tyre makers. They will be lining up to update their ranges and get the best scores when the label comes into force. Their efforts are mainly focused on reducing a rolling resistance, responsible for about 20% of fuel consumption.
To be clarified
Pascal Couasnon, IT director at Michelin said that "Michelin is in step with the future European labelling system, but regrets that it does not take longevity into account".
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