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New EU rules on labelling of tyres [EU Legislation in Progress] [Policy Podcast]

Written by Alex Benjamin Wilson (2nd edition, updated on 21.03.2019),

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On 17 May 2018, the European Commission adopted a proposal for a new regulation on the labelling of tyres for the purposes of fuel efficiency, safety, and noise reduction. This would replace the 2009 Tyre Labelling Regulation (TLR), while maintaining and reinforcing most of its key provisions.

The proposed regulation would increase consumer awareness of the tyre label and improve market surveillance and enforcement of TLR provisions across the EU Member States. Suppliers would be obliged to display the tyre label in all forms of purchase, including where the tyre is not physically shown in the store and where it is sold online or on a long-distance basis. Whereas the tyre label is currently applicable to passenger and light-duty vehicles, in future it would also apply to heavy-duty vehicles. The new label would include visual information on tyre performance in snow or ice conditions, and could be adjusted by means of delegated acts to include information on mileage, abrasion or re-studded tyres. From 2020, all tyre labels would be included in the product registration database being set up as part of the revised EU framework for energy efficiency labelling.

Whereas the Council finalised its position on 4 March 2019, the Parliament is expected to vote on its first-reading position, on the basis of the ITRE committee’s report, during the March II plenary session.

Read also: Type-approval requirements for the general safety of vehicles.

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Proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the labelling of tyres with respect to fuel efficiency and other essential parameters and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1222/2009
Committee responsible: Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) COM(2018) 296
Rapporteur: Michał Boni (EPP, Poland) 2018/0148 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs:


Edouard Martin (S&D, France)
Ashley Fox (ECR, UK)
Dominique Riquet (ALDE, France)
Jakop Dalunde (Greens/EFA, Sweden)
Jaromír Kohlíček (GUE/NGL, Czech Republic)
Rolandas Paksas (EFDD, Lithuania)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: First-reading vote in plenary

timeline 10 steps voted second reading



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