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Tire Labeling has Little Influence on Consumer, Says French Association Boss

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The head of the Syndicat des professionnels du pneu (SPP), the organization representing the tire industry in France, has added his voice to those who say the European tire label has little influence on consumer purchase decisions. SPP president Régis Audugé was quoted by Reuters on Nov. 13 as saying “The effect (of the label) has been weak, not to say non-existent.”

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Sharing his opinion on the results of a survey of 3,402 motorists in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK that shows only one third of European consumers and aware of the tyre label and just three per cent of consumers base their purchase decision on it, Audugé commented “the question was whether labeling would persuade them to buy higher quality tires. In fact, we’ve seen nothing of the sort.” Reuters also quoted an unnamed Michelin spokeswoman as confirming the tiremaker’s support for the label regulation while conceding that the introduction of labeling “has not had any impact on prices.”

The survey, released Nov. 13, was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of the rezulteo.com tire comparison website, which is operated by consulting firm Lizeo Online Media Group. (Tyres & Accessories)

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