EU Tyre Label: FAQ
Why is the EU introducing this tyre labelling regulation?
The EU aims to significantly improve the efficiency of road transport - specifically the safety, economic and ecological factors. This will be achieved through the promotion of efficient, safe tyres.
On a consumer basis, these labels will mean that customers are able to make more informed decisions when buying new tyres.
How Will This Affect My Future Tyre Purchases?
Tyre labelling will provide motorists with comparative information on the performance of tyres in three key categories. As each tyre will be judged, evaluated and scored using the same process, you will be able to easily compare different makes and models of tyre.
Do the regulations apply to all tyres?
No - passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres are the only tyre categories to be included in the new regulations.
The following categories are excluded:
- Retread tyres.
- Professional Off Road tyres.
- Racing tyres.
- Spare tyres.
- Tyres with a speed rating less than 50 mph.
When will these labelling regulations apply?
From the 1st November 2012, all passenger car, light and heavy commercial vehicles tyres produced from 1st July 2012 onwards will be required by law to come with the appropriate label.
What do the Rolling Resistance grading values mean?
The grades range from A to G, informing you about the relative fuel efficiency performance level. A is the highest performance tyre in its category; G is currently the least performing - D is not set to be used, creating a clear difference between the top 3 scores (A-C) and the bottom 3 (E-G).
What do the Wet Grip grading values mean?
The grades range from A to G, informing you about the relative wet grip performance level. A is the highest performance tyre in its category; F is currently the least performing - D is not set to be used, creating a clear difference between the top 3 scores (A-C) and the bottom 2 (E-F).
What do the Noise grading values mean?
The noise values are slightly different from the other two criteria. On the label, the tyre's exterior noise is expressed in decibels (dB) and will show one, two or three sounds waves. These sounds waves highlight the performance of the test against the current law on how loud a tyre is allowed to be.
3 bars indicate that the tyre meets current limits, 2 bars indicates that the tyre meets limits that are to come into effect in the future and 1 bar shows that the tyre is a further 3dB below the future limit.
How are the tyres tested?
Each tyre is self-certified by the tyre manufacturer. During the process, the tyres must be tested to EU-approved methods. If a tyre achieves an A grade, then it must be independently tested to approve its top mark. For further details on how each section of the tyre is tested, visit our 'How the tyres are tested' page
Will the information on a tyre sidewall change?
No. No extra information will be added to a tyre's sidewall.