Until the 1st of January a public consulation is open on the tyre labelling scheme. This can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/public-consultation-evaluation-and-review-eu-tyres-labelling-scheme_en
Eurocities working group noise delivered input during the first version of the tyre labelling regulation.
The 14th of July 2017, the Netherlands ministry of Infrastucture and Environment sent a letter with a background document ‘Tyres in Europe’ to 4 director generals in Brussels. The ministry is keen on more strict tyre limits for many reasons, especially the potential CO2 reductions that could be gained. The background document shows what limits could be strived at for the short and longer term and what the potential benefits could be the result of more tight limits. Besides the tyre limits the Netherlands point at the problem of underinflation of tyres and tyre wear (microplastics). The document Tyres in Europe not only analyses the problems but also explores possible solutions. The deputy director-general of the Dutch ministry, mrs Anita van der Ende, ends her letter by saying: “It is my conviction that at a time the EU is not taken for granted the European Commission could win the hearts and minds of European citizens with appropriate tyre measures.” With that phrase she points at the financial gain all EU car drivers would experience using better and proper inflated tyres.
N.B. The plea of the Netherlands refers also to include tyre measures comparable to the ones in the Declaration on Best Tyres in the upcoming revision of the Directive on Clean Vehicles.
The Annual Meeting of POLIS was hosted by the municipality of Rotterdam. During that meeting Ms Lidewij Ongering (Secretary General of the Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Environment) promoted the Better Tyres in her presentation. During the 2-day meeting the leaflet on Better Tyres was distributed among the participants. An impression of the POLIS meeting can be found here. The presentation of Ms Ongering can also be found on that page.
The Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Environment has proposed to strengthen the limit values for tyres. The proposal was presented to the European Commission and to the UNECE. For more information, see here.
On 18 November 2016 a speed network session on Best Tyres will be organised during the Annual General Meeting of EUROCITIES. During a 40 minutes the advantages of the Best Tyre will be explained and discussed in order to persuade participants to sign the declaration on Best Tyres.
Last week, on 7 November 2016 the vice-mayor of Rotterdam, Mr Pex Langenberg, has signed the declaration on Best Tyres. This was announced during the Dutch National Congress on Noise, Vibrations and Air Quality (GTL). During this congress it was also mentioned that the city of Amsterdam has adopted the declaration. Other cities are working on it and it is expected that Utrecht and The Hague will follow soon. Besides cities also a number of companies have signed the declaration. The Dutch National Road Authorities (RWS) are seriously considering to sign the declaration too.
On 21 April the Declaration on Best Tyres will be presented at the spring meeting of Working Group Noise in Ljubljana. For more information click here.
On 7 April 2016 the Declaration on Better Tyres will be presented at the EUROCITIES Environmental Forum in Utrecht.