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Germany poised to tighten regulations for winter tires

Germany: In November 2010, Germany’s parliament passed a new law specific to winter tires. As per the law, vehicle drivers should ensure that they fit winter tires to their vehicles in winter season in order to prevent any accident. The prevailing winter tire regulation includes passenger car, commercial vehicle and two-wheeler segments in the country. A winter tire is embarked with “M+S” symbol, which indicates that the tire is capable of running smoothly in the winter season.

However, as per the “German association of publicly appointed and sworn experts”, the regulations for use of winter tires are planned to be changed. The new regulations, which are anticipated to be implemented from 2018, requires winter tire to be embarked with “Three-Peak-Mountain-Snowflake” (3PMSF) symbol in addition to the M+S symbol.

The new regulation will be applicable to all the tires manufactured from January 2018 onwards. However, an exemption would be offered to the tires manufactured prior to January 2018, for a transitional phase which is likely to last till September 30th, 2024.

According to a recent report published by TechSci Research, “Germany Tyre Market Forecast and Opportunities, 2020” the tire market in Germany is forecast to grow at a CAGR of around 7% during 2015-20. Changing purchasing patterns, expanding consumer base, increasing urbanization, high R&D investments and introduction of electric and hybrid vehicles are the major factors propelling growth in the country’s automobile as well as tire market. The passenger car tire market is the most dominant tire segment, followed by commercial vehicle tire, two wheeler tire and OTR tire segments. Further, Yokohama, Goodyear Dunlop and Nokian tire are few of the prominent players offering winter tire in Germany and therefore would be affected by the implementation of this regulation.

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