Are you aware of the tyre labelling changes proposed by the EU?
(Posted on 16/08/18)
The EU is planning to update current tyre labelling regulations to give drivers more information when purchasing tyres.
Legislation was first introduced in November 2012 requiring all tyres to carry labels with information about their fuel efficiency, wet grip and the amount of road noise generated.
However, EU officials want to toughen the regulations, expected in 2020, to ensure all new tyres fitted to vehicles on public roads are printed with the information about fuel efficiency, safety and noise standards.
RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: “Strengthening the tyre labelling regulations is good news for UK motorists and road safety generally as good tyres are vital for keeping vehicles in contact with the road surface.
“Currently, there is no requirement for tyre fitters to show labels at the point of purchase, so motorists are oblivious to the pros and cons of the tyres they are buying. As a result, few motorists are shown the labels when buying tyres, leaving them completely in the dark about the three ratings of fuel efficiency, wet grip and passing noise. Updating the regulations should fix this by making it mandatory for tyre labels to be shown to motorists in all situations.
“Information on tyres’ snow and ice performance is going to be included which will be very beneficial. The labels are also being future-proofed as the amended regulations allow for the addition of other useful information such as ratings for mileage, wear and a potential indication for re-treaded tyres.”
According to the Department of Transport “the aim of the regulation is to increase safety, promote fuel-efficient and safe tyres, decrease noise levels and allow consumers to make informed purchasing decisions.
“The label classifies tyres from A (the highest performing) to G (the lowest performing). Information must be available in technical promotional literature such as leaflets and brochures, including on manufacturers’ websites. This has to be done for every new tyre within scope of the regulation sold on the EU market.”
Brexit supporters have disagreed with the move claiming the EU regulations would add an extra cost of approximately £15 to the purchase of each tyre on a family saloon.
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