The 74th session of the UNECE WP 29 GRBP Working Party on Noise and Tyres will take place in September, and ahead of this meeting the Association of European Wheel Manufacturers (EUWA) highlights an impending change to regulations covering tyre pressure monitoring systems. This change will see the mandatory fitment of TPMS valves extended to further classes of vehicles.
The debate over how much tread depth is sufficient and recommendable has been going on for years. While some tyre makers and motoring groups support changing the legal minimum tread depth to 3mm as a move towards greater peace of mind, Michelin has been a vocal advocate of not only keeping 1.6mm the legal minimum but of actually using tyres right down to this tread depth. It is also one of a growing number of parties calling for legislation that informs consumers how tyres perform when worn. Earlier this month, Michelin shared the latest developments in the quest for ‘Long Lasting Performance’.