By Oliver Hall
A new simplified labelling system, which shows a tyres potential fuel savings, safety features and tread life ratings, could be introduced in the US.
The government has put forward proposals for removable labels that feature information to ensure that consumers are more informed about the tyres they purchase.
And making consumers aware of which tyres are the best fuel savers could reduced the 135 billion gallons of fuel consumed every year by as much as 2 per cent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In addition to a fuel efficiency rating, the label would include a wet traction index and tread wear rating.
The new rating is based on the tyres rolling resistance, which contributes to the overall efficiency of the vehicle.
They are a requirement of the 2007 energy bill and NHSTA has to finalise them by the end of the year.
With fuel prices rising again, the new labels could accelerate a growing marketing war among tyre manufacturers when it comes to touting “low rolling resistance,” the measure for tyre fuel savings.
Ray LaHood, the US Transportation Secretary, said: “Today’s proposal takes the guesswork out of buying the best tyres for your vehicle
“Our proposal would let consumers look at a single label and compare a tyre’s overall performance as it relates to fuel economy, safety and durability.”