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Parliamentary questions
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20 May 2020
 E-000915/2020
Answer given by Mr Breton
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-000915/2020

Indeed, TPMS(1) reduces fuel consumption and tyre wear as well as shortens the braking distance and is therefore good for the environment and for safety. This has been documented in the impact assessment(2) prepared for the General Safety Regulation(3) in 2009.

TPMS requirements are design and technology neutral and do not prescribe the use of battery operated systems.

If batteries are used, and according to the Batteries Directive(4), they shall be readily removable from the appliances into which they are incorporated. The directive nevertheless allows exceptions to this obligation for safety, performance, medical or data integrity reasons, where continuity of power supply is necessary and a permanent connection between the appliance and the battery is required.

The Commission has reviewed the German Road Safety Council’s information(5) on tyre pressure measurements and could not find the figures as stated. Instead, according to this document: ‘… the proportion of incorrect tyre pressure has decreased compared to previous years. One reason for this is that more and more vehicles are equipped with a tyre pressure monitoring system. Although it may not guarantee optimal tyre pressure, vehicles that are equipped with TPMS show less diverging tyre pressures…’. The Commission fully agrees with these findings.

The Commission would like to draw attention to the fact that the new revised General Safety Regulation(6), applicable as from 6 July 2022, continues to mandate TPMS under the same principles. The Commission considers that the impact analysis(7), acknowledging the TPMS effectiveness of the former Regulation, remains valid and therefore it does not intend to carry out at this stage further assessment.

(1)Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems
(2)SEC(2008) 1908/COM(2008) 316, https://www.europarl.europa.eu/registre/docs_autres_institutions/commission_europeenne/sec/2008/1908/COM_SEC(2008)1908_EN.pdf
(3)Regulation (EC) No 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning type-approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles, their trailers and systems, components and separate technical units intended therefor (OJ L 200, 31..7.2009, p. 1)
(4)Directive 2006/66/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 September 2006 on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators and repealing Directive 91/157/EEC, OJ L 266, 26.9.2006
(5)https://reifenqualitaet.de/pressemeldungen/bundesweite-verkehrssicherheitsaktion-wash-check-46-der-autos-haben-reifenmaengel
(6)Regulation (EU) 2019/2144 of the European Parliament and of the Council on type-approval requirements for motor vehicles and their trailers, and systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles, as regards their general safety and the protection of vehicle occupants and vulnerable road users (OJ L 351, 16.12.2019, p. 1)
(7) SWD(2018) 190 final/COM(2018) 286 final,
https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regdoc/rep/10102/2018/EN/SWD-2018-190-F1-EN-MAIN-PART-1.PDF
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