Michelin tyre labelling guide

Stoke-on-Trent, UK: Michelin is meeting the new EC/1222/2009 regulation on tyre labelling, which will come into force from 1 November 2012, with a dedicated tyre labelling information module at http://www.michelinonline.co.uk/trucktyrelabelling/ which explains everything fleet operators need to know about the legislation, including why it is being introduced, what tyres it covers, an overview of the different rating criteria and what benefits it offers fleets.

Sharn Samra, Michelin’s head of truck & bus marketing in the UK and Ireland, says: “The introduction of tyre labelling is a big step for the industry and will act as an important decision-making tool for fleets.  Naturally, Michelin is keen to support any initiative which will improve the overall quality of tyres on the market.”

Michelin’s online tyre labelling guide provides essential information on the three criteria included within the legislation – energy efficiency, wet grip (during braking) and external rolling noise – plus details on what each individual rating will mean.

Samra says: “Tyre labelling will be a good starting point when it comes to choosing tyres, but fleets should remember that this information must be considered in conjunction with their own specific business requirements.  It’s vital to choose a tyre offering the right balance of performance.

“Other factors to take into account include tyre longevity, braking on dry surfaces, resistance to aggressive surfaces, load capacity, road holding, traction and total cost of ownership.  Plus, for bus and coach operators in particular, passenger comfort.

“We recommend fleets utilise the new tyre labelling information in conjunction with the advice available from respected tyre manufacturers and service providers.”

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