Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council Assessment of the need to review Regulation (EC) no 1222/2009 of the European Parliament and the Council on the labelling of tyres with respect to fuel efficiency and other essential parameters
1. The tyre labelling regulation, Regulation (EC) No 1222/2009, covers the need for the tyres of passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and heavy-duty vehicles to be labelled on their performance against three parameters: fuel efficiency; wet grip and external noise; and to make road transport safer, more efficient and less polluting. It also provides more information to consumers to make a better-informed purchase of tyres.
2. The report presents an assessment of the need to review the tyre labelling Regulation, as required by Article 14 of the Regulation. It considers whether there is potential for improvement on the currently-used tyre performance parameters and their measurement since the application of the Regulation in 2012. It focuses on the effectiveness of the label to end-users, a potential extension of the labelling scheme to re-treaded tyres, and the need for more information.
3. Key findings of the report are:
• The market has shown a positive trend towards better performing tyres on fuel efficiency and wet grip, but less so for external noise which has been rated the least important parameter by end users. However, very few tyres, less than 0.5%, have the highest A rating for both wet grip and fuel efficiency.
• More than half of car owners were not aware of the tyre label; and Industry, dealers and consumer organisations recommend organising campaigns to promote the label to end-users.
• The survey showed that consumers find the label useful and clear. The report recommends that manufacturing date and an indication of performance degradation with time should also be provided to the customer.
• The report has identified that the accuracy of the wet grip information could be improved. The results for rolling resistance and noise are more reliable. It recommends further assessment before extending labelling to retreaded tyres. While mileage is important to end-users, there are no accurate test methods for this purpose.