The Independent newspaper published a fascinating feature yesterday about the new EU regulations that come into effect in November 2012 relating to tyres.
The new law will help motorists make “a much more informed choice when buying tyres – and the product should be better too”, according to writer David Wilkins.
When it comes to buying tyres, most vehicle owners lack the knowledge to make informed choices about the subject.
This is, according to Wilkins, “a worrying state of affairs given that tyres are fundamental to the safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy and running costs of our cars”.
However, the article reports that the new EU regulations should substantially improve matters. These will require customers to be provided with information about each type of tyre in respect of three important areas of performance – fuel economy, wet-weather braking and external noise levels.
Performance ratings for each of these will be shown in the form of bar diagrams similar to those already used to display the energy efficiency of washing machines.
Denna Bowman, Head Office