Type-approval requirements

From November 2012 onwards, tyre safety and environmental performance requirements at unprecedented levels

The Regulation on type-approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles and tyres, also known as the General Safety Regulation, (EC/661/2009) was adopted by the Council of Ministers on 22 June 2009 as part of the EU initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions from transport.

The Regulation harmonises at Community level technical requirements with regard to numerous safety and environmental elements in order to avoid requirements differing from one Member State to another, and to ensure a high level of road safety and environmental protection throughout the Community.

It also aims at enhancing the competitiveness of the Community automotive industry whilst enabling Member States to exercise effective market surveillance of compliance with the detailed type-approval requirements. The challenge will be for the 27 national enforcement authorities to ensure consistent and effective market surveillance. ETRMA deems such market surveillance essential and is looking forward to cooperate with European and national authorities in building up a workable system.

The Regulation marks a new step in recognizing the importance of promoting tyre performances integrated approach by considering both safety and environmental performance requirements in the same legislative text.

It is appropriate to set out requirements regarding both the general safety of motor vehicles and the environmental performance of tyres, due to the availability of tyre pressure monitoring systems which enhance at the same time the safety and environmental performance of tyres.

While setting ambitious targets, it provides the essential regulatory visibility for the next 10 years. It also gives legal certainty to Industry in order to be able to plan the necessary investments and to develop product offerings with ever increasing safety performances for road users and vehicles while reducing further their environmental impact.

Furthermore, to reduce the administrative burden of the type-approval process, it is appropriate to allow manufacturers to obtain type-approval for the purposes of this Regulation, where appropriate, by means of obtaining approval in accordance with the relevant UNECE Regulation as listed in Annex IV to this Regulation.

To view the tyre-specific UNECE Regulations, check our Library or the UNECE website.