[holding answer 11 December 2008]: There are currently two proposals from the European Commission aimed at reducing the rolling resistance of tyres. The first of these sets mandatory upper limits on permissible rolling resistance of tyres for passenger cars, light goods vehicles and heavy commercial vehicles in two stages. The Government fully support the Commission's proposed limit values and implementation dates which will reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions and contribute towards the UK meeting its carbon dioxide reduction targets.
The second proposal calls for tyre labelling, along the lines of the energy label on white goods, indicating the rolling resistance of the tyre within a set of defined bands from A (lowest rolling resistance) to G (highest rolling resistance).
This proposal has only just been published and EU negotiations on it have not yet begun. The Government supports the principle of providing consumers with information on the relative efficiency of products, but has not yet reached a view on the detail of this second proposal.