Launched in March 2016, the Market Surveillance Action for Tyres 2015 (MSTyr15) was a pan-European coordinated programme of market surveillance activities targeting C1 passenger car tyres for normal and extreme weather conditions. Fifteen Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) from the EU and Turkey participated in this Horizon 2020-funded project coordinated by the Product Safety Forum of Europe (PROSAFE). The project was officially finished at the end of June 2018.
The global objective of MSTyr15 was to help deliver the intended economic and environment benefits of the labelling of class C1 (summer passenger car) tyres with respect to improving fuel efficiency and other essential parameters by increasing the rates of compliance with the regulatory requirements. In this regard, over the past 28 months, inspectors have checked 12.241 tyres labels, reviewed 876 technical documentations, and carried out laboratory tests for Wet Grip (WG) and Rolling Resistance (RR) of 131 different types of tyres. In more than 1.000 cases, the label was not compliant, not visible, or not available, while first analysis shows that more than 85% of the tyres tested in laboratory were compliant in respect with Wet Grip and Rolling Resistance requirements. Following repeated tests, five (5) models (3.8%) were found to be still non-compliant concerning WG, while nine (9) models (6.9%) did not meet the requirements for RR. No tyres failed both Wet Grip and Rolling Resistance.
Stronger enforcement of the EU legislation
Another objective of MSTyr15 has been to harmonise the enforcement measures taken by the participating authorities, and consequently, to increase market confidence, ensure safer road conditions, and improve consumer trust. In this regard, the Member States have also set up Good Practice Guidelines, common procedures for exchanging information, trainings for the inspectors and national workshops. Furthermore, data collection has been synchronized with a customized database in order to make information immediately available in all participating countries and to avoid double sampling.
The attainment of these objectives will be further promoted through the provision of two platforms:
- One for supporting the building of expertise and development and adoption of common best practices and protocols by MSAs;
- One for outreach and engagement with key stakeholders, particularly the manufacturers and suppliers of tyres as well as consumers and environmental NGOs.
The energy consumption of the transport sector has been rapidly decreasing in just over two decades. More effective market surveillance leads to higher levels of compliance that ensure the delivery of higher levels of fuel efficiency. Therefore, the MSTyr15 Action intends to contribute further to this momentum and to help the European Union to reach its EU emission reduction targets by 2021. By reaching a higher compliance rate, MSTyr15 is indeed expected to deliver annual savings of 105 GWh.
The countries involed in this Joint Market Surveillance Action were Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Turkey.
- MSTyr15: flyer
- MSTyr15: factsheet (short version)
- MSTyr15: factsheet (extended version)
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