Project: A Call Off Contract for Technical Advice to Aid Development of Tyre Safety Standards

Reference: S0324/VD

Last update: 19/12/2008 16:29:39


The project objectives are to provide on a call-off basis expert scientific and technical support for regulatory measures in relation to tyre wet grip and other issues.


Tyres for road vehicles provide one of the fundamental aspects of safety, namely the adhesion between the vehicle and road surface upon which it is travelling. For many years the development and control of standards for tyres has been driven by the desire to improve the main safety aspects of tyre construction and much has been achieved over the last thirty years or so.

In recent years the desire to reduce environmental aspects of motoring has led to new controls being implemented to limit the noise produced by new tyres under certain conditions. But controlling the noise of tyres could impact on the flexibility that tyre designers have to improve safety. A potential risk exists that designers might be forced to compromise safety to reduce noise emissions. The Department for Transport has made known its concerns in this area over many years and is currently leading an international working group to develop a new test method to assess tyre grip. This project will provide specialist advice on developing this test method and prepare Regulatory amendments accordingly.


Gordon W Burford
2 Flyingdales, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG19 3LB
+44 (0)1635 861156

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £20,000.00

Actual start date: 11 August 2003

Actual completion date: 30 August 2004