The regulation aims at increasing the safety and the economic and environmental efficiency of road transport by promoting safe and fuel-efficient tyres with low noise levels. It also establishes a framework for the provision of harmonised information across the industry on some tyre parameters.
Such information will, at all times, be available for customers through technical promotional material, including the websites of the manufacturers. Some tyres are excluded, such as retreaded tyres, off-road tyres and racing tyres.
The expected cumulative benefits from the increased use of fuel efficient tyres will lead to saving up to 4 million tonnes of CO² per year (depending on the speed of market transformation towards fuel efficient tyres) , and will also drive the market towards improved wet grip performance.
Actual fuel savings and road safety depend heavily on the behaviour of drivers, and in particular the following:
- eco-driving can significantly reduce fuel consumption,
- tyre pressure should be regularly checked to optimise wet grip and fuel efficiency performance,
- stopping distances should always be strictly respected