By Oliver Hall
The European tyres manufacturing body, ETRMA, has welcomed the EU’s approval of a new rule to boost requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles.
The new regulation recognises the importance of an integrated approach to tyres performance for consumers by considering both safety and the environment, according to ETRMA.
Francesco Gori, President of ETRMA, said: ‘The implementation of this legislation will be challenging, but the tyre industry is read to meet the challenge in light of the consumers and citizens interests.’
He said the challenge will be for the 27 enforcement Authorities to ensure consistent and effective market surveillance.
From ETRMA’s point of view, the new regulation is about ‘environmental and safety objectives with challenging targets, while providing visibility and regulatory certainty for the next 10 year.
‘It is about a single regulation, directly applicable in all the Member States, creating a level playing field in the EU.’
The new regulation comes into force in November 2011, but many of the changes will be rolled out over a period of the four to five years.