Was out tyre hunting today. And here is a shocking story.
The Indian Govt has made it mandatory that all tyres sold in India (local or imported) must compulsorily carry an ISI mark on them.
This would mean most of the tyre manufacturers including Yokohama, Michelin, Goodyear, Continental etc would have to stamp their tyres with the ISI mark. Not sure how many of these companies would actually get down to doing such a thing?
Currently, most of the imported performance tyres are either out of stock or distributors/dealers aren't willing to take enough chances to ship the tyres without the ISI markings. So if you are looking to buy AD-07s/PS3s/RS-2s in the *near future*, this would be the time to pick them up. Provided you can find stock.
What does this mean to those of us who rely on imported performance tyres? Only time will tell.
This seems like another move to safeguard the Indian Industry just like in the past the Govt had imposed higher customs duties for cars to be imported, so that they could protect the Indian Automobile industry.
Will the big brands agree to the rule and stamp their tyres with the ISI mark? Or will this be an end to us buying the legendary AD-08s/PS3s/Ventus RS-2s/Direzzas etc?