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ETRMA welcomes changes to EU Tyre Labelling Regulation

The European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturers Association (ETRMA) has championed the proposed changes to the EU Tyre Labelling Regulation, following a political agreement being reached by the European Parliament, Council and Commission just under two weeks ago.

“The new text will address shortcomings of the existing Regulation”, a statement from ETRMA read. “ETRMA supports the commitment and efforts by the European Institutions to pursue a new Tyre Labelling Regulation.”

The Commission proposed the new Regulation on tyre labelling back in May 2018 as part of the clean mobility package. The new rules will aim to make tyre labels more visible, more future proof and more accurate.

The new labels will maintain their original size and pictograms that are well known by consumers.

Tyre labels are an important instrument to inform both consumers and professional users on the fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise performance of an individual tyre the slow market uptake of high-grade tyres, as demonstrated by the European Commission’s impact assessment and the ETRMA-commissioned Lizeo Study, indicates that limited awareness surrounding the label persists and that the label system needs to establish itself further to deliver its full potential.

Because of this, ETRMA said it welcomes the inclusion of improved surveillance through sanctions and penalties, increasing the visibility of the label and introducing stronger obligations of Member States. Further, the Product Information Database should strengthen the information chain between tyre manufacturers and authorities and a renewal of the label’s appearance to also include a QR code, as well as the logos indicating if the tyre is for use in snow/ice conditions.

ETRMA Secretary General, Fazilet Cinaralp said: “The review is a positive step towards an ambitious, forward-looking Tyre Labelling Regulation. The European tyre industry particularly recognises the benefits of the tyre label in creating healthy competition between manufacturers to produce the highest performing tyres and informing consumers.”

ETRMA also agrees with the European Commission’s commitment to the development of a suitable and reliable test method to measure tyre tread abrasion before assessing the feasibility of adding this information to the tyre label. The process is still in its infancy and needs to be completed before any measure can be introduced in this – or other – regulations.

On a standard test method for tyre abrasion, Mrs. Cinaralp concluded: “The European tyre industry is fully engaged in the environmental challenges of tyres including the need for development of a reliable test method to measure abrasion performances, a work already initiated by the industry. Our ambitions are high and we remain devoted to provide technical solutions that respond to societal needs.”