ERJ staff report (DS)
Ontario, Canada -- Canada's tyre labelling scheme is expected to be a voluntary scheme, affecting only truck tyres. according to Canadian authorities.
Natural resources Canada issued a statement to ERJ saying, "NRCan, in partnership with the provinces, is developing an Energy Star like tyre recognition system for heavy-vehicles (trucks) to address the lack of information identified by trucking industry representatives on the energy efficiency of tyres. Jurisdictions in Canada could use the system to promote tyres that have the lowest rolling resistance. It's expected that the system will resemble the US EPA's SmartWay heavy-duty tyre recognition system. "
The programme is currently set up to address only tyre rolling resistance, not grip, noise or life. However, NRCan is conducting a widespread consultaion, and these parameters may change. Developmental work is expected to be completed by Spring 2011.
The work is being undertaken with input from the trucking industry, the tyre manufacturing industry other government organisations and academic experts. Once the research has been gathered, expert panels will be convened to advise on the final design of the label. NRCan said, "This is a voluntary recognition system," and noted that participation by tyre manufacturers is a choice. There is no legislative process, said the group.
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