By Alex Kapadia
The new EU laws to help drivers choose the most efficient and quietest tyres, will have a smooth ride
into UK law, it has emerged.
The Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Adonis, has confirmed in Parliament that the EU tyres noise
regulation (Regulation EC No 661/2009) has direct legal force and consequently does not require
transposition into UK law.
Lord Adonis was responding to a question posed by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Dykes, the UK
government transport minister.
Lord Dykes asked what steps the Government plans in order to reduce vehicle tyre noise
following the recent EU decision.
Lord Adonis stated that it would implement enforcement powers and penalty provisions to ensure the
regulation’s requirements can be adequately enforced in the UK.
The legislation means that from 1st November 2012 the fuel efficiency, wet grip and external “rolling noise” levels of tyres must be displayed by manufacturers according to a grading system.