Why Regulate Tyres?
Tyres make an important contribution to road safety and to the environmental impact of road transport. However, all tyres don’t offer the same performance.
The Regulation will enable consumers to make more informed choices when buying tyres. The EU’s targeted outcome is that road safety will improve and that the environmental impact of road transport will be reduced.
What Does The Regulation Introduce?
Tyres will be graded according to wet grip, fuel efficiency and external noise. The presentation of this information will be based on the familiar EU energy efficiency label.
When Does The Regulation Come Into Force?
Manufacturers and importers will have to provide information regarding the performance of tyres they supply in the EU that were manufactured from 1st July 2012
From 1st November 2012 retailers in the EU will have to provide consumers with information regarding the performance of tyres offered for sale that were manufactured from 1st July 2012 (Date of production code 2712 or greater)
What About Tyres Manufactured Before 1st July 2012?
Operators throughout the supply chain will have to manage a transition period while stocks contain tyres made both before and after 1st July 2012
Some manufacturers or importers may choose to label tyres made before 1st July 2012 but the Regulation does not require them to do so
Retrospective labelling of tyres already in the supply chain that were made before 1st July 2012 would be costly and carries potential legal risks. The labelling information relating to tyres made from 1st July 2012 may not in every case be applicable to tyres made before that date.
What Does The Label Mean In Practical Terms?
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(Note for car, 4×4 and van tyres: class D is not used so there are only 6 classes for Fuel efficiency. In addition, for Wet grip, class G is also not used so there are only 5 classes for Wet grip.
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