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Dated: 23 March 2010

New “S Marking Regulation” Begins Today


The first stage of the 2001/43/EC Directive came into force today. If this is the first time you’ve heard about this and are wondering what it means, let us explain it in a nutshell.

From today onwards (23rd March 2010) tyre retailers are no longer allowed, by law, to sell tyres with a width of 185mm or less, unless they have a “S” marking on the sidewall. This “S” indicates that the tyre was designed and produced to meet the new noise limits set by the EU when a tyre is in contact with the road.

The final two stages of this new Directive will come into force on the 1st October 2010 and 1st October 2011. On these dates the range of tyres that must comply with the noise limits extends to tyres with up to a width of 215mm at the end of 2010 and then all tyres by the end of 2011.

In order to try and help people understand why this has been created, what it means and any other question that you may be asking, we have set up a general tyre regulation information page (complete with a diagram of where the “S” marking will be found) and a dedicated FAQ page that will hopefully answer any questions you may have on the matter.



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