Ministry to review production standards of retreaded tyres


SEREMBAN: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) will carry out a review on the production standards of retreaded tyres for heavy vehicles in the country in a bid to enhance safety levels and reduce risks of accidents.

Its minister, Hamzah Zainudin, said the review would also take into account the current climate change as existing standards were no longer suitable.

“Even European countries have raised their production standards for retreaded tyres despite being in a cool climate zone. With the hot weather we have here, we also need to ensure that all our retreaded tyres are of high quality and compatible with the weather.

“So far, the ministry along with the task force comprising the Road Transport Department (JPJ), the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB) and SIRIM Berhad (SIRIM) have agreed, among others, that retreaded tyres must be labelled with its date of manufacture and must not be retreaded more than three times.

“We want the whole retreaded tyre industry to adopt the new sets of standards to provide relief and comfort to the users of the tyres,” he told reporters after conducting a surprise visit to a retreaded tyre manufacturing company in Senawang here today.

Also present was Negeri Sembilan KPDNKK director Ain Arjuna Aziz Zaman.

Hamzah said the ministry would also carry out a massive operation this month to identify licensed and unlicensed companies producing retreaded tyres which do not meet the standards set by the government.

“For licensed manufacturers found to have committed the offence, their licence will be suspended, while for unlicensed companies, they will be ordered close,” he said.

At present, there are 97 licensed companies producing retreaded tyres in the country.