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Safety norms for tyres to be tightened in UAE

Rigorous quality control specifications to cover process from manufacturing to disposal

  • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 March 18, 2012
  • Gulf News

A shop selling used tyres in Sharjah
  • Image Credit: Atiq-Ur-Rehman/Gulf News
  • A shop selling used tyres in Sharjah. According to the new specifications, tyres must have the quality to sustain temperatures in excess of 50 degrees Celsius. Imported tyres must comply with GCC specifications which require manufacturers and distributors to have a Gulf Standardisation Organisation (GSO) conformity certification.

Dubai: Come September, resale and reuse of old tyres will be banned, as the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology's (Esma) new tyre quality management scheme comes into effect across the UAE.

The new ‘birth to death' scheme, provides quality control specifications right from the stage of manufacturing to disposal of tyres.

Among the highlights of the new system is the requirement of additional certification for manufacturers, complete ban on sale of used tyres as well as restriction in re-treading and repair of tyres. Proper storage and disposal of tyres is also a priority.

"It is a central scheme in which we have tried to control the quality of tyres at every level, right from the manufacturing and storing to repair and disposal.

"At Esma we are trying to control the quality of products on priority basis and quality of tyres is currently one of the top priorities for us as so many lives depend on a good and well maintained tyre," said Engineer Mohammad Saleh Badri, Acting Director General of Esma, announcing the new scheme in Dubai.

Addressing the issue

He added that a large number of accidents are due to faulty tyres or tyres that don't meet the standards required for the weather in the region. With the new scheme this issue will be addressed.

"A tyre once used for a car cannot be used for another car, no matter how good its condition is. Even if its used for only one day or one month, it is not allowed to be resold," said Badri. Currently, imported tyres comply with GCC specifications which require manufacturers and distributors to have a Gulf Standardisation Organisation (GSO) conformity certification.

However, Badri said GSO requirements are inadequate for the safety of vehicles on roads as it only looks into manufacturing aspects.

"Our idea is to have a complete makeover in the way tyres are managed and maintained. Companies as usual will need to acquire the GSO certification, but an additional UAE Standard ISO 9001 certification will be required before importing the tyres," Badri said.

Giving details of the specifications, Abdullah Abdul Qader Al Muaini, Director of Conformity Affairs at Esma, said that companies will have to conform to additional specifications and regulations when it comes to manufacturing and have to obtain conformity certifications from accredited laboratories before importing each batch of tyres.

Some of the new specifications are that tyres should have the quality to sustain temperatures in excess of 50 degrees Celsius, in accordance with UAE weather.

"Normally, tyres are manufactured for temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius, which is the reason why there are so many cases of tyre bursts during summer," Al Muaini added.

Another important regulation is that the total lifespan of each tyre is restricted to five years from the date of manufacture. Any tyre that is five years old, whether used or unused would be disposed of.

Importance of storage

Apart from manufacturing, the new law gives equal importance to storage.

"Storage is something which is very important to maintain the quality of a tyre and this is where we have been lacking. No matter how good a tyre is, if it is not stored properly then it is bound to be damaged, that is the reason why so many new tyres burst," said Badri.

Badri warned that trade licences would not be renewed for companies that do not comply with the new specification.

The authority has imposed a blanket ban on the import of retreated and used tyres, but these can be exported.

Esma has approved 25 companies to retreat used tyres, provided they adhere to its strict specifications. One of the chief requirements is that only those tyres with no damage to the main structure would be allowed to be retreated. Retreated tyres will have a life span of two years from the date of manufacture. These tyres will have a yellow patch. The law covers all tyres, except those for industrial vehicles.

Esma insists that all manufacturers as well as WTO have been informed of the new specifications well in advance of the effective date.

Monitoring

All stores will have to withdraw tyres that do not comply with the new specifications, come September.

The authority has devised a mechanism to monitor the implementation of the scheme right from the first stage to disposal and recycling of tyres.

"We are in talks with international consultants and we will soon hire the best in the industry to assist us monitor the implementation of our quality control scheme," said Badri.

New requirements

  • Manufacturing:

1. All new tyres are to be approved by new UAE Standard 9001 certification in addition to the GSO certification.

2. Each batch of tyres has to be tested and certified by an internationally accredited laboratory before importing.

3. New tyres have to be compatible with with regional weather conditions to sustain temperatures in excess of 50 degrees Celsius.

5. Tyres will expire five years after the date of manufacture.

6. Date of manufacture, maximum speed, maximum temperature, size, quality rating need to be mentioned on the tyre.

  • Storage:

1. All warehouses and stores housing tyres need to be air conditioned.

2. Temperatures in tyre storage areas should not exceed 25 degrees Celsius.

3. Tyres should be kept away from direct sunlight.

4. Tyres are not allowed to be piled on one another.

5. Special racks are to be set up display tyres in showrooms and stores.

  • Maintenance:

1. Tyres once used for a car should not be used for another.

2. Used tyres are not allowed to be sold at all, except for export.

3. Workshops should use approved tools to repair tyres.

  • Re-treading and disposal:

1. Import of re-treaded tyres is banned.

2. Twenty-five companies are allowed to re-tread tyres.

3. Only tyres with perfect main casings will be allowed to be re-treated.

4. All used tyres should be sent for recycling to approved agencies.

5. Local governments will make sure tyres are disposed of properly and assign expert agencies to recycle tyres locally.

Comments (16)

  1. Added 16:28 March 18, 2012

    It's easy to make water tight rules but hard to enforce them. Safety measures will not work unless the authorities ensure the full cooperation of all parties concerned. Tyres are the greatest risk to road safety in the summer heat and must conform to the strictest specifications.

    Jasser Salem, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:17 March 18, 2012

    If a tyre did not sell in two years? who will pay the price of these two years? or the customer will pay for five years price and use only three years? Difficulties will arise and disputes between the buyer and seller.

    ahmad, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 16:12 March 18, 2012

    UAE needs to control old cars sales, also which are coming from other countries as scrap.

    Charupadikkal Adil Ali, jeddah, Saudi Arabia

  4. Added 16:12 March 18, 2012

    Good idea, used tyres should be banned. use only good quality tyres for all vehicles. it is a great move by the authrotiries.

    UNNI, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:55 March 18, 2012

    Good Concern identified. But the number of restriction mentioned in the article may make the implementation technically impossible. The change should be communicated and implemented step/phase wise the traders can bear gradual changes; and law enforcing agencies can also follow up effectively.

    Umer Yousuf, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:36 March 18, 2012

    they also should check routinely truck and busses tyres: everyday, during my commuting, I have to dogde around pieces of lousy tyres lost by trucks along Emirates Road, al Khail, etc., this is posing a huge risk for all drivers in the UAE. Taking action against this issue, will really help in improving road safety.

    Al Siqqiliyi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:35 March 18, 2012

    How will customers react to pricing of 5-year tyres? Who would pay the full amount when the tyre has been manufactured 12 months ago, which is 20 percent of the life expectancy. Do customers get a 20 percent discount? If we buy new tyres we will then want them freshly made, like our daily bread! The intent of improving road safety seems there but implementation is lacking. Tyres do not spoil just because they are 5 years old, they can last much longer than that. The key is proper attention and care, primarily maintaining the correct air pressure. Tyres can be safely used until the tread is worn to a 3mm depth as long as they have been properly looked after. If drivers can’t do this simple maintenance, they shouldn’t be driving.

    Louie Tedesco, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:03 March 18, 2012

    Even though its a really good move by the goverment but the fire will be bared by the Typre Shop owners. The Goverment should give more time so they can reexport the tyres to other countries and save on all there investments.

    mehmoud, UAQ, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:15 March 18, 2012

    I was recently involved in a three car accidents in the UAE - on all ocassions, I was stationary when the car behind me was travelling too close and too fast. All three cars have been repaired, but the insurance companies gave out the repair work to the garage that quoted the cheapest price, and there is no control of their work afterwards .... so although the chassis on all three of these cars is almost certainly twisted as a result of these severe accidents (so these cars should have been properly repaired by the main dealer with all the correct facilities and regardless of cost, or written off), these vehicles are back on the roads of Dubai after a quick bash and spray, just waiting to cause another accident because of bad handling, or to fold up like a deck of cards if they are hit again .... it is a sad fact that life and safety is much less important than the insurance companies saving a few Dhs. :-(

    David Butcher, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 11:34 March 18, 2012

    Also when you buy tyres, even new ones, please double check their production year, because YES, even tyres have an expiry date.

    Rosalina, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

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