Tyre Labelling In the EU - Part 2 of 5 - Chain of Distribution
Responsibilities through the chain of distribution
The EU regulations oblige three main parties to ensure that consumers are given accurate information regarding the efficiency, safety and performance of tyres. Tyre suppliers, tyre distributors, and vehicle suppliers and distributors each have a responsibility to convey information to the consumer.
Where tyres for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles are concerned, tyre suppliers have two options. They can place a sticker on the tyre tread clearly detailing the tyres rating, or they can provide a label which accompanies every delivery of tyres to distributor or end user.
For tyres for passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, there should also be technical promotional literature which displays the relevant information; it should also be available on the manufacturer’s website.
Tyre distributors are obliged to ensure that the information is conveyed via a sticker on the tyre, or on a label in close proximity which is shown to the end user at the point of sale.
If the tyres offered for sale are not visible to the end user, the distributor must give information relating to fuel efficiency, external noise emissions and wet grip, during the purchase process.
For passenger cars, light commercial vehicle, and truck/bus tyres, the information must also be given on, or with the bill.
Vehicle suppliers and distributors:
For sales of passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, where there is a choice of tyre type, vehicle suppliers and distributors are required to give the end user the necessary information relating to fuel efficiency, wet grip, and exterior noise emissions.
It is also the responsibility of member states of the EU to ensure compliance with the regulations, which will usually be via national market surveillance authorities, to assess conformity with the declared grading values.
This article is part of our series on tyre labelling