Leading 4X4 specialist speaks out against costly EU TPMS legislation


A Stockton-based 4x4 business owner is speaking out against costly European Union legislation that will hit motorists’ pockets.

Warren Portues, Owner of North Eastern 4x4, has reacted to new EU legislation that states all new passenger vehicles must have a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) installed on each tyre by the manufacturer, as of November 2014.

The battery in each tyre pressure monitoring valve will run out approximately four years after installation and the whole system will need to be replaced, inevitably hitting motorists will a bill of £320 every four years.

Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) constantly monitor tyre pressures using tyre sensors in all four tyres and alert the driver with a visual and/or audible warning if there is a change in pressure or temperature.

Warren Portues said: “Vehicle safety is of the upmost importance and it is vital that motorists regularly check and monitor their tyre pressure, but this seems like a safety specification gone too far.

“On a daily-basis, I am coming across the TPMS valves that have been fitted to new Land Rover models and motorists could be hit by a substantial bill when they need to be replaced every four years.

“I am calling for greater clarity about the legislation, as a lot of motorists aren’t aware that it has been introduced or understand the financial implication that it will have, and I am urging motorists to check their warranties.

“Manufacturers should make it very clear whether this added expense is covered by the warranty, and if not, make customers aware of this.”

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