Tire Safety in UAE
Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology's (ESMA) has implemented a tire quality management scheme. Quality control specifications from the stage of manufacturing to disposal of tires are regulated under this scheme. The systems include certification for manufacturers, ban on the used tire sales, restriction in rethreading, repair of tires and also the proper disposal of worn tires. ESMA controls the quality of tires is one of the priority as so many lives depend on the good and well-maintained tires, said the Engineer in ESMA. Even if the tire is used for a day or a month it is not advisable to use it in another car despite the good condition, say the authorities. Currently, imported tires comply with GCC specifications which require manufacturers and distributors to have a Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO) conformity certification. Companies will need to acquire the GSO certification, but an additional UAE Standard ISO 9001 certification will be required before importing the tires. Tires from other origins are usually manufactured for the temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius which cause tire bursts during summer. This can be controlled by the regulations that the importers have. They are implied to import tires only if it meets the standard. Majority of accidents are due to tires that do not meet the standards which are required for the weather condition in the region. Some of the specifications are that tires should have the quality to sustain temperatures in excess of 50 degrees Celsius, in accordance with UAE weather. Another important regulation is that the total lifespan of each tire is restricted to five years from the date of manufacture. Any tire that is five years old, whether used or unused would be disposed of.