By Denna Bowman
The introduction of new legislation aimed at limiting the sound levels from tyres has been postponed in the UK until next year, according to reports.
The S-mark legislation was due to come into effect on 1st October, however, it has been delayed until March 2010 after the Department of Transport reported delays with setting up a system to enforce the new law.
According to the report in the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) e-zine, the government department admitted there has been “a delay in putting into place the statutory instrument which is required for the new s-marking regulations to become law.”
However, while this loophole provides further time to clear stocks of non-s-marked tyres, the new deadline really is seen as the last chance for suppliers to prepare for the new EU rules.
The Vehicle Certification Agency and Trading Standards will be vigorously enforcing the law, which has penalties of up to £5,000 fine on each tyre sold, from March 2010.