Tyre labelling helps purchase decision
By: Dave Robbins
24 July 2012
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From 1st July 2012 all new tyres for cars and light vans rolling out of factories must comply with EC regulations on tyre labelling. This gives buyers valuable information on performance to assist in their purchase decision.
The information on the label will use a grading system to show how the tyre will affect a vehicle’s performance on fuel economy, safety in wet conditions and external noise levels. The latter will be of increasing importance as European legislation on mandatory vehicle noise levels will start to be phased in from 2014.
A similar grading system is also being introduced for truck tyres. However the regulations don’t require them to be labelled. Instead, tyre manufacturers and suppliers must make the information available in a leaflet or online.
Commenting on the changes, Sharn Samra, Michelin’s Head of Truck & Bus Marketing in the UK said: “Tyre labelling will be a good starting point when it comes to choosing tyres, but fleets should remember that this information must be considered in conjunction with their own specific business requirements. Factors to take into account include tyre longevity, braking on dry surfaces, resistance to aggressive surfaces, load capacity, road holding, traction and total cost of ownership.”