You may have seen these star rating labels on products like air conditioners and refrigerators which basically emphasises the power saving efficiency of the products. Similar star rating labels are soon to be introduced for tyres in India which in essence will signify the fuel saving properties of the tyres based on rolling resistance coefficient.

The DG-Bureau of Energy Efficiency (DGBEE), backed by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) which again comes under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, is expected to introduce this new star rating of domestic tyres for cars, SUVs, trucks, etc. The fuel saving properties (Rolling Resistance Coefficient under Star Labelling on side walls of tyres) is expected to come into effect by early December 2019. Initially, this labelling will be done by companies on a voluntary basis.

According to SP Singh, Sr Fellow and Coordinator, Indian Foundation of Transport Research and Training (IFTRT), instead of vague tyre quality claims as existing now, the new star rating labelling on side walls of tyres, although voluntary initially for 2 years, will separate men from boys in the domestic tyre market to protect the consumers and promote fuel saving tyres in national interest.

Once the draft order is notified by DGEE, in first phase, tyre makers under voluntary scheme may emboss / print the star rating on the sidewall of tyres. The BEE designed label of 35 mm× 35 mm × 46mm shall be fixed by qualifying star rating tyre manufacturers.

The rating will help tyre users to prefer fuel saving tyres of higher rolling resistance limit. At present, In EU, China, Australia, South Korea, etc, tyre labelling explaining qualitative benefits of mileage, fuel saving (RR threshold limits) is mandatory, stated Singh. He also hoped that OEMs will fit such star rated tyres in new vehicles leaving their factory gates.

With this new star rating, tyre users will be able to see the star rating of the tyre on the side walls of the tyre as well as on the wrappers. “This will help to have to some extent, free and fair play of market forces as customers would not be short changed by unsubstantiated claims of quality, performance and safety of tyres,” Singh noted.

He further emphasised that it’s long overdue that the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act 2019 and its rules specify mandatory auto tyre recall for tyre bursts / failures. There should be an accountability for the tyres sold in India, whether domestic or imported, he urged.

Adopted from  https://micorporate.com/Bureau/Auto-Components/449/Star-rating-to-help-consumers-buy-tyres-that-save-fuel-Motown-India-Bureau