Pctts 266 : 20xx general statement



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1 Scope


This standard applies to new and used pneumatic passenger car tyres.

This standard does not apply to retreaded or regrooved tyres, or to used tyres (casings) intended for the retreading or regrooving process.


  1. Normative references


The following normative documents contain provisions, which, through reference in this text, constitute provisions of this document. The latest edition of the normative document referred to applies.

TTS 76-1 Requirements for labelling - General principles of labelling.

TTS 429 Definitions of terms used in the pneumatic tyre industry.

TTS 432 Code of practice for the storage of tyres, inner tubes and flaps.


  1. Terms and definitions


For the purposes of this standard, the definitions in Trinidad and Tobago standard, TTS 429 Definitions of terms used in the pneumatic tyre industry shall apply. In addition to these, the following term and definition shall also apply:

3.1 tyre construction code means a system of indicating the direction the plies of a tyre are laid down to form the carcass of the tyre.
  1. Tyre designation

    1. Dimensional and constructional characteristics


The characteristics shall be indicated as follows:

This order shall be maintained.


    1. Nominal section width


The nominal section width of the tyre shall be indicated in millimetres, ending either in 0 or 5, so that in any one series of tyres with the same nominal aspect ratio, the values shall all end with 0 or all end with 5.
    1. Nominal aspect ratio


The nominal aspect ratio shall be expressed as a percentage and shall be a multiple of 5.

NOTE 1 The aspect ratio is one hundred times the ratio of the section height to the section width of the tyre.

NOTE 2 When the nominal aspect ratio is 82 for radial ply tyres, or 95 and 88 for diagonal ply tyres, these numbers may be omitted.

    1. Tyre construction code


The tyre construction code shall be as follows:

The use of another code letter (for example, in the case of a new construction type) shall first be remitted by importers and distributors to the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards for acceptance and inclusion in the above list.
    1. Nominal rim diameter code


4.5.1 For tyres mounted on existing rims the code shall be as given in Table D.1.

4.5.2 For tyres requiring new concept rims, for safety reasons especially concerning mounting, the code number shall be equal to the nominal rim diameter, expressed as a whole number in millimetres.

NOTE New concept rims are rims that are substantially different in design to conventional rims.


    1. Service conditions characteristics


The service condition characteristics or service description shall be as follows:

    • load index;

    • speed symbol; and

    • maximum permissible inflation pressure.

Load index - The tyre load capacity corresponding to the service conditions specified by the tyre manufacturer shall be indicated by a load index taken from Table D.2. This indication is understood to be for a single mounting.

Speed symbol - The speed symbol shall be indicated by a letter taken from Table D.3 corresponding to the speed category.

Maximum permissible inflation pressure - The maximum permissible inflation pressure shall be indicated in psi or kPa.

NOTE Information regarding the relationship between load index and the maximum permissible inflation pressure may be obtained from the manufacturer or publications of organizations listed in annex A.


    1. Other service characteristics


4.7.1 The word “TUBELESS” shall be used to characterise tyres that can be used without a tube.

4.7.2 The letter “T” immediately in front of the dimensional and constructional characteristics shall be used to characterise special temporary-use spare tyres.

NOTE Specific indications, as required, may be added to indicate:



  1. the type of vehicle for which the tyre is primarily designed by using a symbol “P”, which is the symbol for passenger car tyres;

  2. the temporary use of certain spare tyres using indications such as “TEMPORARY USE ONLY”;

  3. the position of mounting;

  4. the direction of rotation; and

  5. the type of tread pattern.
  1. Requirements for new tyres

    1. General


5.1.1 Each tyre manufacturer shall ensure that a listing of the tyre specifications, and the rims that shall be used with each tyre that the manufacturer produces, is available to the public.

The listing shall be contained in publications, current at the date of manufacture of the tyre or any later date, of at least one of the organizations listed in annex A.

Each rim listing shall include dimensional specifications and a diagram of the rim.

5.1.2 Each tyre shall incorporate a tread wear indicator that will provide a visual indication when the tyre has worn to a minimum acceptable tread depth as recommended by the manufacturer.

    1. Physical dimensions


The actual section width and overall width of each tyre measured in accordance with B.2 shall not exceed the section width and overall width specified in the listing in 5.1 by more than:

  1. 7 %, for tyres with a maximum permissible inflation pressure of 32 psi, 36 psi or 40 psi; or

  2. 7 % or 10.2 mm (0.4 in), whichever is the larger, for tyres with a maximum permissible inflation pressure of 60 psi, or 240 kPa, 280 kPa, 300 kPa or 340 kPa.


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