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

Written by Alex Benjamin Wilson (3rd edition, updated on 20.01.2020),

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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. Tyre labels would be included in the product registration database being set up as part of the revised EU framework for energy efficiency labelling.

On 13 November 2019, successful trilogue negotiations resulted in a provisional agreement on the content of the new regulation. Council and then Parliament need now to formally adopt the new TLR, which would allow its provisions to become applicable from 1 May 2021.

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: Henna Virkkunen (EPP, Finland) 2018/0148 (COD)
Shadow rapporteurs: Miapetra Kumpula-Natri (S&D, Finland)
Dominique Riquet (Renew Europe, France)
Jutta Paulus (Greens/EFA, Germany)
Grzegorz Tobiszowski (ECR, Poland)
Marisa Matias (GUE/NGL, Portugal)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Adoption by Council followed by second reading in Parliament



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