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Improving tyres’ fuel efficiency, braking capacity and noise levels

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Improving tyres’ fuel efficiency, braking capacity and noise levels

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EC) No 1222/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the labelling of tyres with respect to fuel efficiency and other essential parameters

SUMMARY

Good quality tyres can significantly reduce fuel consumption and therefore CO2 emissions. To help consumers choose a product that is more fuel efficient, has better wet braking and is less noisy, they need clear and relevant information about the quality of the tyre.

WHAT DOES THE REGULATION DO?

This regulation aims to harmonise information concerning the energy performance of tyres, as well as on wet braking and external rolling noise.

KEY POINTS

The regulation applies to C1, C2 and C3 tyres* and excludes:

re-treaded tyres;

off-road professional tyres;

tyres designed to be fitted only to vehicles registered for the first time before 1 October 1990;

T-type temporary-use spare tyres*;

tyres with a speed rating of less than 80 km/h;

tyres with a nominal rim diameter not exceeding 254 mm or of 635 mm or more;

tyres fitted with additional devices to improve traction properties (for example studded tyres);

tyres designed only to be fitted on vehicles intended exclusively for racing.

Responsibilities of tyre suppliers

Tyre suppliers must monitor the labelling of C1, C2 and C3 tyres delivered to distributors and consumers. This labelling includes a sticker, which must indicate:

the fuel efficiency class (letter A to G);

the wet grip class (letter A to G) — the tests for wet grip performance on the different tyre classes are amended and supplemented by Regulations (EU) No 228/2011 and (EU) No 1235/2011;

the external rolling noise measured value (in decibels).

Suppliers must declare this information publicly, such as on their website or in catalogues.

Responsibilities of tyre distributors

Distributors must ensure that the labels delivered by suppliers are clearly visible on the tyres presented or stored at the point of sale. If tyres cannot be seen by consumers, distributors must supply this information to consumers themselves.

Responsibilities of car suppliers and car distributors

If consumers can choose their tyres, car suppliers and car distributors must provide them with performance information in terms of fuel efficiency, wet braking and rolling noise for each option.

WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?

From 11 October 2010.

KEY TERMS

* C1, C2 and C3 tyres: as defined in Regulation (EC) No 661/2009:

C1 tyres — primarily for cars;

C2 tyres — primarily for light commercial vehicles, such as vans;

C3 tyres — primarily for heavy vehicles (trucks and buses).

* T-type, temporary-use spare tyres: designed for use at inflation pressures higher than those for standard and reinforced tyres.

REFERENCES

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EC) No 1222/2009

11.1.2010

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OJ L 342, 22.12.2009, pp. 46-58

Act

Entry into force

Deadline for transposition in the Member States

Official Journal

Regulation (EU) No 228/2011

29.3.2011

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OJ L 62, 9.3.2011, pp. 1-16

Regulation (EU) No 1235/2011

20.12.2011

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OJ L 317, 30.11.2011, pp. 17-23

RELATED ACTS

Regulation (EC) No 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 concerning type-approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles, their trailers and systems, components and separate technical units intended therefor (OJ L 200, 31.7.2009, pp. 1-24). See consolidated version.

last update 17.10.2015

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