Market Surveillance Action on Tyres
Market Surveillance Action for Tyres 2015 (MSTyr15) was funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 and was focusing on a single main product: passenger car tyres. The global objective of MSTyr15 was to help deliver the intended economic and environment benefits of the labelling of class C1 (summer and winter passenger car) tyres with respect to improving fuel efficiency, Rolling Resistance (RR) and Wet Grip (WG) parameters by increasing the rates of compliance with the regulatory requirements.
The project was officially launched with a conference held in April 2016 in Brussels and the main presentation can be downloaded from here. MSTyr15 ended on 30 June 2018 and the second Press release annoucing it and summarising the final project results may be found below.
In order to achieve the project goal, several specified activities were completed in a collaborative way, which included the following:
- Developing of Good Practice Guidelines to ensure consistency in the testing and inspection procedures;
- Developing of a Training Video in 15 languages to make sure all Market Surveillance Officers acquire the skills needed for inspections;
- Performing of label inspections on C1 passenger car tyres against the requirements of the EC regulation;
- Carrying out of technical documentation inspections provided by economic operators;
- Testing of class C1 car passenger tyres;
- Taking of enforcement actions against the non-compliant tyres.
Fifteen market surveillance authorities are taking part in the project: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden and Turkey. The list of participating organisations can be viewed here.
In total, 12.241 labels on C1 passenger car tyres were checked by the participating Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) to see whether they meet the EC regulatory standards. A sum of 131 passenger car tyres were tested by an accredited laboratory against the European Commission (EC) Regulation 1222/2009 regarding Wet Grip and Rolling Resistance. Futhermore, 876 sets of technical documentation were reviewed and checked and the results may be found in the second Press release here.