Wednesday, September 2, 2015

What are the Rules related to Tires of Vehicles in Saudi Arabia?

It is common knowledge to most, if not all, residents and visitors of the great Kingdom, that even with the beautiful roads and excellent infrastructure, the roads of the Kingdom experience a high number of automobile and traffic accidents every year. The respective authorities, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are working hard and making immense efforts to decrease the number of traffic accidents by the introduction of more vigilant inspection of automobiles while also introducing additional road safety laws which aim towards reducing the traffic accidents and the death toll they bring each year to the Kingdom.

Recently the board of Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization had announced that the mandatory application of regulations on new tires, which would be sold or produced in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, would begin from the month of November in this year. Additionally the Board also explained that the new technical regulations which are set to be introduced in November have set the limit for rolling resistance on wet surfaces. The rolling resistance is classified into six groups which are:
  • Excellent
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Average
  • Bad
  • Very Bad

The Saudi Board laid great stress upon the timetable which has been set for the application of these new regulations for the requirements of rolling resistance will commence as a two stages. The first stage begun in January of 2015 and will run up to the end of 2019. Subsequently the second stage would begin right after in 2020. The Saudi Board also cleared up misconceptions and stated that all motorists in the Kingdom could very easily acquire these tire efficiency cards from their respective manufacturers or their importers or agents through a web portal.

This new step comes after the Saudi Board decided to adopt technical regulations for the procedures relating to recording data and the issuing of cards on the energy efficiency in tires and vehicles which go hand in hand with the efforts being made by the SPEE or the Saudi Program for Energy Efficiency. The SPEE has been working in cooperation with the Trade and Industry Ministry along with the Saudi Custom Authority and have also held a series of various workshops which are aimed to introduce the new tire requirements and the role they play in making the vehicles on the roads of Saudi Arabia in becoming more energy efficient.

The series of workshops were held at the Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh, Qassim, Madinah, Jeddah, Eastern province, Hail, Jazan, Abha, Skaka, Tabuk and various other regions of the Kingdom in a bid to make the motorists better informed and in the loop, of the new regulations which are set on being implemented . Regulations on tires are nothing new due to the fact that outdated, worn out or even faulty tires can lead to traffic accidents which could have been otherwise avoided. Faulty tires do not comply with road safety and are a traffic hazard which could cost someone their life.

Source: Arab News

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