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The new rule means retailers will have easy access to tyre labels on their computers, which they will be obliged to provide to customers. This information is drawn from a European database holding the ratings of every tyre on sale.
The labels will come with information on a tyre’s efficiency, braking performance in the wet and the amount of road noise the tyre generates.
Previously, the label was fitted to each tyre, however, customers purchasing tyres rarely saw it.
This is because tyres were typically taken from the stock room and dotted straight to the vehicle.
Labels and tyres options were not previously discussed before the customer made the selection.
This means there was a high probability they would be left without seeing the label at all.
Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe Chair said the new rule would help drivers make an “informed decision”.
He said it was “in the interest of vehicle owners” to keep an eye on the tyres information.
He warned it was possible drivers do not consider which tyres are “more suitable” for a vehicle at a higher price under the current system.
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The new efficiency label will ensure drivers are kept up to date on what tyre they are getting fitted to their vehicle at all times.
Mr Jackson said: “The key point of tyre labelling is to help those choosing a tyre to make an informed decision.
“There is concern that owners typically only consider cost and don’t appreciate there may be tyres that are more suitable and offer better value but perhaps at a higher price.
“It’s in the interest of vehicle owners to make themselves aware of the information contained on the new tyre label to cut costs in fuel, as well as improve their safety.”
The changes were made following concerns vehicle owners were not aware of the significant differences between the highest and lowest-rated tyres.
According to a survey of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association and Lizeo Group just one percent of tyres are A-rated for efficiency and wet grip.
Experts warn awareness of the ratings is the primary reason why the best performing tyres are rarely sold.
The number of ratings has dropped from seven to five under the new changes in line with other appliances.
The A rating will be considered the best tyres with E considered the worst.
If a tyre is classified as suitable for use now, it will have the Alpine Peaks sign.
Tyres which are suitable for ice will also be easily identifiable through a snowflake logo on the label.
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