Tyres in Europe: Tightening of tyre limits and further suggestions for improvement
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Reference Number: GRB-66-01
Origin: Netherlands
Date: 22 August 2017
Related Documents:
GRB-66-01/Add.1 | Tyres in Europe presentation
GRB-66-03 | Proposal for amendments to the 02 series of amendments to Regulation No. 117
GRB-67-08 | UN R117: Assessment of the Netherlands proposal
Working Party on Noise | Session 66 | 4-6 Sep 2017

15. The expert from the Netherlands provided an overview of their research projects on tyres and proposed a two-stage tightening of the tyre limits for the rolling resistance coefficient, wet grip index and rolling sound emissions (GRB-66-01 and Add.1, GRB-66-03). He also highlighted the importance of keeping the correct tyre pressure for fuel efficiency and pointed out shortcomings of the EU system for labelling tyres.

16. The expert from ETRTO was of the view that the selections of tyres in the Dutch studies was not representative enough for the European market and volunteered to submit to the next GRB session a more comprehensive analysis. The expert from OICA supported the ETRTO view and proposal. He further introduced the results of a recent study of C1 summer tyres (GRB-66-22) according to which no tyre was performing equally well in rolling sound and handling. The expert from Germany acknowledged the progress achieved in rolling sound and pointed out the need to find a compromise for the three tyre parameters in question. He also agreed that the tyre labelling system would need to be improved.