New tyre grading system for Europe

Choosing the quietest and most efficient tyres for your vehicle is set to become a far simpler task thanks to a simple new European-wide grading system.

Euro-MPs sitting in Strasbourg have approved plans which require manufacturers to clearly display a tyre's 'fuel efficiency', wet grip and external 'rolling noise'.

The new system is due to take effect from November 1, 2012.

The European Commission says the move could mean fuel savings equivalent to 6.6 million tonnes of oil across Europe by 2020 - more than the annual oil consumption of a country such as Hungary.

The CO2 savings from cars and commercial vehicles combined is put at between 1.5 million tonnes and four million tonnes per year, depending on how quickly buyers respond by picking the most climate-friendly tyres available.

The most optimistic forecast for reduced emissions is about the same as removing 1.3 million cars from the road every year, say experts.

"I'm very happy about the adoption of the tyre labelling regulation," said EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs.

"This is a typical win-win situation where consumers and fleet managers will be able to choose safer and low noise tyres and save on their fuel bills while the EU as a whole will benefit from reduced road transport emissions."

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