LONDON—The United Kingdom government is planning to ban the sale of tires that do not meet the required performance criteria under the European Union regulations.
The decision was made following a recent vehicle-type approval consultation, which took place ahead of the U.K.'s full exit from the EU on Dec. 31.
As part of the consultation, held June 1-26, the Westminster government proposed to strengthen the enforcement of the legal minimum performance requirements for tires.
The U.K. department of transport has subsequently set a deadline of May 1, 2021 for the continued sale of tires that fall short of EU requirements for wet-grip, rolling-resistance and rolling-noise.
There will then be a 30-month grace period for the last fitments of such tires to new vehicles and last manufacture of such tires.
Sale of such tires was not previously an offense in the U.K. but will now be subject to the penalties, the department of transport stated.