By Denna Bowman
A new mandatory labelling system for tyres is set to provide customers with detailed information about fuel-efficiency, safety and noise performance.
The European Parliament’s Industry Committee has put forward the wide-ranging new initiative to ensure vehicle owners of cars and light and heavy duty vehicles are better informed about tyres.
The proposals, which should be approved by the EU Member States later this year before becoming law, will use fuel-efficiency classes ranging from best performance (green ‘A’ class) to worst (red ‘G’ class).
It will also show the tyres wet grip and noise performance and the Industry Committee is demanding the relevant information should be printed on receipts and stamped onto the side of tyres.
The Committee are also calling for an ‘EU tyre labelling website’ where consumers will be able to compare the performance of different types of tyre and calculate their potential fuel savings.
The new law also declares that member States may only provide incentives for tyres which are ranked at least ‘C class’ on fuel efficiency and wet grip.