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What does TPMS stand for?

TPMS stands for Tyre Pressure Monitoring System.

The TPMS is the system which can track your tyre's air pressure. If the pressure drops below a certain level, then the system will alert the driver. The introduction of this system was a big step up in helping to improve road safety, fuel efficiency, and the longevity of tyres.

In the UK, all new cars and light commercial vehicles - up to 3.5 tonnes - that were registered on or after January 1, 2012, must be fitted with a working TPMS. By law. This was initially introduced off the back of the EU's Regulation 661/2009. A regulation that requires all new cars sold in the EU to come with a functional TPMS.

Despite Brexit and the UK’s exit from the EU, the UK’s government kept this law in place and introduced it as a part of UK domestic legislation. As such, they require all new vehicles be fitted with a tyre pressure monitoring system.

TPMS: Road safety

The road safety aspect of a TPMS comes from the ability of the system to help reduce the use of underinflated tyres. Tyres will an inadequate air pressure suffer from poor handling, longer braking distances, and in extreme circumstances, a tyre blowout.

It's essential to remember that TPMS laws and regulations may differ depending on the country. Therefore, check the rules and regulations in your own region to ensure you are compliant with your own country's laws.