The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued a draft notice proposing new tire specifications. These specifications will be included as part of the Indian Automotive Industry Standard (AIS) 142:2019 as amendments, but permission is required and no objection.
- Existing tire design will reach specification in October 2022
- The specification puts forward new requirements for rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling acoustic emission
The proposal states that all tires for cars, buses and trucks should meet the requirements for rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling sound emission, and comply with the second stage of European regulations.
From October 2021, new specifications will be formulated for new tire design
The Ministry has opened a one-month window, inviting people to make suggestions and objections to the draft notice. Otherwise, the proposed standard will apply to all new tire designs that will be launched in the Indian market on October 1, 2021, and by 2022 On October 1, all other existing tire designs will be used in these three market segments.
After the AIS is revised, the regulations will eventually be incorporated into the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
Designed to improve safety and fuel efficiency of road transportation
Although the purpose of citing these specifications is to “enable the user to make an informed decision”, whenever he or she buys a new set of tires for their car in the aftermarket, the greater goal is to ensure road safety and pass Promote fuel-efficient and safe tires with low noise levels to improve the economic and environmental efficiency of road transportation.
MoRTH explained that the rolling resistance of the tire affects fuel efficiency, and the slippery grip is related to the braking performance of the tire under wet/wet conditions (such as rainy days). In addition, the rolling sound emission of a tire is related to the sound produced by the contact between the tire and the road surface in motion.
Compliant with the draft MoRTH notification is NABL certification Awarded to Indian tire manufacturer Apollo Tires Perform wet grip and noise test on the track. The company is the first tire manufacturer to obtain ISO/IEC 17025 certification and can perform these tests.
Speed up infrastructure construction
This new proposal is consistent with the tire “star rating” system planned by the Indian government to implement in India, and is in line with the European “tire label” regulations (UNECE R 117). The testing capabilities of the Global Automotive Research Center (GARC) in Chennai, the southern node automotive testing organization, have been enhanced, leading to the first tire labeling and certification testing in India.
In addition, the International Automotive Technology Center (iCAT) headquartered in Manesar also established its NABL-accredited tire testing laboratory in 2018 to provide tire approval and production certificates in accordance with CMVR, UNECE R 117 and AIS. 142 standards.
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