Drivers 'unaware' of tyre label rules
Many drivers are unaware of new rules surrounding tyre labelling, a survey suggests.
A poll found that more than two-thirds of drivers were unaware of EU regulations requiring tyres to be rated for fuel efficiency, wet grip and external noise.
The new system came into force in November, but the findings suggest that many people may be not be aware of the new labels because they are not shopping around for new tyres.
One in five motorists wrongly believed that one of the new categories would show how many miles a tyre would last, the survey showed.
The same proportion said they found the label confusing, while others said there was not enough detail provided.
More than half of those surveyed said the new labels would not affect their decision when buying new tyres.
Continental Tyres, which carried out the survey, said the new labelling system was a major change in the tyre industry.
But spokesman Peter Robb added: "If you're only in the market for new tyres every two years it could be a year-and-a-half before you're exposed to the tyre labelling.
"I think if we did the test in two years' time the awareness level would be quite high."
published: 04/01/2013 17:00:00