Tyre labelling enforcement consultation launched
The UK government has initiated a market consultation on the subject of tyre labelling. The consultation opened on the 10th April and runs until 11:45pm on the 23rd May. The news comes almost 18 months after tyre labelling came into effect in Europe and almost two years since the market formally started communicated labelling details between the various parts of the business. In response industry bodies such as the NTDA have been quick to urge members and other tyre industry professionals to participate in the open consultation regarding the UK enforcement of the tyre labelling regulations.
“The consultation on the proposed tyre labelling regulation, which is necessary to allow enforcement of EC Regulation 1222/2009 in the UK, is extremely important. The way in which tyre labelling is enforced in the UK will have a huge impact on tyre retailers and we would urge NTDA members and other industry professionals to use this opportunity to have their say,” NTDA director Stefan Hay commented.
What is clear is that the consultation is continuing the government’s relatively light touch approach to the issue of tyre labelling enforcement. Following the appointment of the National Measurement Office as the UK’s market surveillance authority, the process is now moving onto the next phase. This means the gentle introduction of “the minimum legislation necessary to support the enforcement of tyre labelling”. The government stipulates that this will be done using a “risk-based approach” in order to ensure that monitoring and enforcement “will impose a minimal burden on business, while meeting compliance”.
Interested parties can read up on the process and download the official consultation document here.