Michelin online guide tackles the fundamentals of labelling
To help truck, bus and coach fleets get to grips with the new EC/1222/2009 regulation on tyre labelling, Michelin has launched a dedicated tyre labelling information module on its UK website. The tyre maker says the info given at http://www.michelinonline.co.uk/trucktyrelabelling/ explains everything fleet operators need to know about the legislation that comes into force on 1 November 2012, including why it is being introduced, what tyres it covers, an overview of the different rating criteria and what benefits it offers fleets. It also notes that the label is not the be all and end all when it comes to choosing the right tyre.
“The introduction of tyre labelling is a big step for the industry and will act as an important decision-making tool for fleets,” commented Sharn Samra, Michelin’s head of truck & bus marketing in the UK and Ireland. “Naturally, Michelin is keen to support any initiative which will improve the overall quality of tyres on the market.
“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,” Samra added. “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,” concluded Samra.