By Denna Bowman
There are an estimated 2.5 million tyres left in the UK supply chain which will be illegal in two months time, according to industry insiders.
The new s-marking legislation aimed at reducing, noise levels from tyres, is set to come into force on 1st October, however, many suppliers are unclear about the details of the law.
Tyre manufacturers and auto makers are being bombarded with a raft of new regulations which are being introduced into the law by the European parliament.
However, the complex formal proceedings and general legal complexity have led to some confusion in the market place.
The s-marking legislation (regulation 2001/43) is the first major piece of legislation to be implemented. All tyres up to 185 section width must comply with the regulation which sets enhanced noise emission standards. Legislation for larger tyres will follow in 2010 and 2011.
This means that from 1st October these tyres must have an “S” stamped at the end of its seven digit code on the sidewall or else they will be illegal. There are an estimated 2.5 million con-compliant tyres still in the system according to the Tyre Wholesalers Group.
Customers who chose etyres, the UKs largest online tyre retailer, can be assured that all the tyres it supplies and fits are from the most recently manufactured stock.
This is because etyres only orders tyres once they have been purchased online or through the telephone sales team by the consumer. This ensures new stock fresh off the production line.
Other suppliers and garages are expected to be trying to run down their stock of tyres without the s-marking before the deadline.