VdTÜV Position: Recommendations on tyre labelling for a better regulation within the EU

Tyres are the only point of contact between a vehicle and the road. Correct tyre maintenance and care are crucial for road safety – not only in winter times. VdTÜV e.V. recommends an extensive revision of the existing Tyre Labelling Regulation to increase the economic and environmental efficiency, as well as the safety of road transport by promoting fuel-efficient and safe tyres with low external rolling noise.
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Following the Paris Agreement, the world has committed to moving towards a low-carbon economy. Many countries are now implementing policies to facilitate the transition to cleaner economies, improving sustainable development, and encouraging the move towards a circular economy. The Tyre Labelling Regulation (EC) No 1222/2009 has to be reviewed in this broader context. As tyres account for 20-30 percent of a vehicle’s fuel consumption, their performance has a significant impact on the fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions of vehicles. In the past 25 years, transport emissions have however steadily increased as the demand for mobility grew. Today, transport accounts for about a quarter of the EU's greenhouse gas emission, with road transport alone being responsible for 22%. Further emission reductions from road transport are therefore indispensable to achieve the EU's commitments to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% in 2030.

The aim of the Tyre Labelling Regulation is to increase the safety, the economic and environmental efficiency of road transport by promoting fuel-efficient and safe tyres with low noise levels. In general, the objective of the labelling scheme for tyres in the EU is to respond to the market failure arising from the lack of information of consumers on fuel efficiency and other essential parameters of all new tyres. The label should be designed in a way allowing consumers to make a careful decision, giving incentives to tyre manufactures to improve their products and raising public awareness.

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