More than two-thirds of the 281 fleet operators who responded to a Fleet News tyre survey sponsored by Michelin are not aware of the forthcoming European Union (EU) tyre labelling regulation.
The regulation requires all tyres on sale from November 2012 to display a label showing ratings for fuel efficiency, wet grip and external noise.
Fuel efficiency and wet grip will be rated from A to G (with A top), while noise will be given in decibels. Minimum standards must be met before a tyre is even eligible for a ranking.
Some budget tyres are expected to fall short.
Tyre manufacturers will carry out the tests themselves, but will follow strict EU guidelines.
When quizzed about the label indicators, most of the fleet respondents who say they are aware of the regulation could name two, or all three, ratings correctly.
However, just over two-fifths of the respondents who are aware of the labelling scheme did not attempt to name them, suggesting a lack of knowledge about the details.
For detailed analysis of the survey's results, see the September 29 issue of Fleet News. Here we publish the full results: