The Blackcircles.com Tyre Label Guide
In November 2012 a new piece of legislation comes into force that required the majority of new tyres to come with EU set Tyre Labels.
Although the legislation was reported on - to a small degree - in media outlets such as the BBC, there is not a great deal of information out there for consumers.
Many important figures within the tyre industry called this new piece of legislation the biggest change to hit the tyre market in over 50 years and they were not wrong.
This is why we have spent time developing the following EU Tyre Label guide. We want to help you understand exactly what it is, why it has come to be and how it will affect you.
What is tyre labelling?
As previously mentioned, a new piece of EU Legislation came into force which meant that every new tyre sold within Europe (with some exceptions, but more about that later) must be labelled - much like a fridge, freezer or even light bulb. So, since November 2012 the following label has been seen when shopping for new tyres:
You will notice that it bears a remarkable resemblance to the labels used for electric goods in the EU. However, unlike the electrical labels, the tyre label doesn't focus on energy ratings. It shows you the grade given to 3 important categories that should be considered when choosing a tyre:
- Fuel Efficiency
- Wet Grip
- External rolling noise
For a more in-depth look at the label itself, and what each section means, visit our tyre label breakdown
Why is it being introduced?
The main goal of the new legislation is to provide more information to motorists on the performance of tyres. By doing this, the EU hope to increase road safety, make shopping for tyres more cost-effective and reduce the impact tyres have on the environment.
With each tyre on the market being tested and classified using the same criteria, vehicle owners will now be able to make a more informed decision when shopping for new tyres - with tyres easily comparable for these specific capabilities.
Who does it affect?
Quite simply, it affects everyone. From the tyre manufacturers, to the tyre suppliers and retailers (that'd be us), all the way to the consumer (you!).
For those of us within the tyre industry, we now have an obligation to our customers to ensure that we fully comply with this new piece of legislation. Manufacturers must ensure that the tests they complete are objective and accurate.
They must all ensure that the data required is handed down the chain to retailers. This is so we can fully understand the products we are selling. After all, although these labels are empowering for customers, the tyre label will not give you the full picture, the tyre experts (us again) will.
For you, the customer, the effect of the label is nothing but a good thing. Not only does it allow you to quickly compare the tyres that you are interested in purchasing based on standardised tests, it gives you information that will add confidence to your final decision. Information is power.
Are all tyres included?
At present no. Not all tyre categories are covered by the legislation, only the following:
- Car tyres
- 4x4 tyres
- Van tyres
- Truck tyres
Tyres Not Covered:
So if you are buying racing, professional off road, spare, vintage, re-tread, motorbike or studded tyres, you will not see this label.