Rolling resistance reaches beyond being just a tyre issue that affects fuel consumption and carbon emissions. It is also a key indicator for manufacturers reporting on fuel efficiency of their vehicles. The report provides an overview of India’s transportation challenges, looks at what lessons India could learn from the EU experience, benchmark other economies on how they are approaching rolling resistance regulations and suggests some approaches and strategies that could work in the Indian context. It zooms in on the transportation sector and discusses outcomes if certain pending Indian government decisions are made.
Today, developed economies, such as those in the European Union are reporting specific parameters of the tyre performances linked to rolling resistance (fuel consumption with labels on all tyres sold). Already, there are issues on enforcement and consistency coming to light. Especially in emerging economies and economies where regulation enforcements are just becoming robust. Having labels for tyres is just the small tip of a very large iceberg with regards to how to test, monitor and enforce correct and consistent labelling information. If developed economies are already finding the going complex and unwieldy, how exactly would India cope if it decided to mirror existing EU reporting procedures?
The need for better and cleaner transportation solutions in India is on the critical path, what then could India do within the regulatory framework to drive adoption for sustainable transport solutions? This report proposes mandatory thresholds that are standardized, simpler to monitor and to set up at the beginning. The main point of the mandatory threshold initiative is that it helps to ensure conformity and prevent consumer confusion, potential fraud. It is a first step regarding tyre regulation to ensure sustainable transportation.