may have seen these star rating labels on products like air conditioners and
refrigerators which basically emphasises the power saving efficiency of the
products. Similar star rating labels are soon to be introduced for tyres in
India which in essence will signify the fuel saving properties of the tyres
based on rolling resistance coefficient.
DG-Bureau of Energy Efficiency (DGBEE), backed by the Petroleum Conservation
Research Association (PCRA) which again comes under the aegis of Ministry of
Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, is expected to introduce this
new star rating of domestic tyres for cars, SUVs, trucks, etc. The fuel saving
properties (Rolling Resistance Coefficient under Star Labelling on side walls
of tyres) is expected to come into effect by early December 2019. Initially,
this labelling will be done by companies on a voluntary basis.
to SP Singh, Sr Fellow and Coordinator, Indian Foundation of Transport Research
and Training (IFTRT), instead of vague tyre quality claims as existing now, the
new star rating labelling on side walls of tyres, although voluntary initially
for 2 years, will separate men from boys in the domestic tyre market to protect
the consumers and promote fuel saving tyres in national interest.
the draft order is notified by DGEE, in first phase, tyre makers under
voluntary scheme may emboss / print the star rating on the sidewall of tyres. The
BEE designed label of 35 mm× 35 mm × 46mm shall be fixed by qualifying star
rating tyre manufacturers.
rating will help tyre users to prefer fuel saving tyres of higher rolling
resistance limit. At present, In EU, China, Australia, South Korea, etc, tyre
labelling explaining qualitative benefits of mileage, fuel saving (RR threshold
limits) is mandatory, stated Singh. He also hoped that OEMs will fit such star
rated tyres in new vehicles leaving their factory gates.
this new star rating, tyre users will be able to see the star rating of the
tyre on the side walls of the tyre as well as on the wrappers. “This will help
to have to some extent, free and fair play of market forces as customers would
not be short changed by unsubstantiated claims of quality, performance and
safety of tyres,” Singh noted.
further emphasised that it’s long overdue that the Motor Vehicles (Amendment)
Act 2019 and its rules specify mandatory auto tyre recall for tyre bursts /
failures. There should be an accountability for the tyres sold in India,
whether domestic or imported, he urged.
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