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  • December 19,2015

    All Tyres sold in UAE must carry RFID Stickers

    All new tyres sold in the UAE must have RFID stickers, the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) has reaffirmed.


    ESMA made further improvements to its regulations and standards for tyre quality in the country and RFID tags have been made mandatory since June 2015.  The RFID stickers ensure greater consumer protection by rooting out tampering and duplication of tyres.


    There had been a lot of complaints by consumers against traders selling counterfeit, sub-standard and noncompliant tyres in the UAE market.  All tyre being sold now must a sticker with an RFID chip, that gets damaged if the sticker is removed, making it impossible to reuse.


    The sticker, provided by ESMA to all legitimate importers of the tyre, will have all the specifications of the tyre, including the brand name, country of origin, type of tyre, temperature rating as well as traction rating and tread wear.


    All the details of the tyre are labelled on the sticker, including a barcode and a QR code which can be scanned through the ESMA app available both at Apple’s AppStore and Android’s Play Store.  


    ESMA issued the new comprehensive regulations on tyres in 2012 that follows a ‘birth to death’ scheme, providing quality control specifications right from the stage of manufacturing to disposal of tyres.   Some key highlights of the regulations include 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, while proper storage and disposal of tyres have also been stressed upon.