By Alex Kapadia
The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association and its 12 leading tyre corporate members have welcomed the new EU tyres regulation to improve the efficiency and safety of tyres.
The tyres ruling is hailed as a further step towards improving traffic safety and combating global warming, according to the organisation.
The new law requires all tyres produced after July 2012 and on sale in the EU from November 2012, to either bear a sticker or be accompanied by a label to be displayed at points of sale.
Information regarding fuel efficiency, wet grip performance and external rolling noise will have to be detailed on the new label.
ETRMA is also pleased that the legislators have fully acknowledged the need for balanced approach on the kind of tyres performances on which information has to be given on the labels.
The integrated label will provide environmental (fuel efficiency and noise levels) along with safety (wet braking) information.
ETRMA said in a statement: “The tyre is the only contact area with the road and therefore plays a key role for the braking performance of the vehicle.
“Tyre is also a major contributor to the vehicle fuel efficiency. Therefore, we are happy that these aspects are fully reflected in the regulation.
“The expected fuel savings from the increased use of fuel efficient tyres will indeed lead to saving an estimated 20 million tons of CO2 per year and 10 billion EUR of fuel per year.”
Fazilet Cinaralp, secretary general of ETRMA, believes that the new legislation will also encourage tyre manufacturers to upgrade their products in a context of increased competition on the tyre market and it will introduce a level playing field for all with the possibility for producers to benefit from product differentiation, not only based on prices but also on product quality.