EU tyre labelling - Tyre labelling is now mandatory

Tyre labelling is now mandatory

EU tyre labelling Published the 21/12/2012 by Harry

The new European tyre labelling regulation came into force on 1st November, 2012. Now, all tyres on sale in the EU for passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and trucks are required to display a standard label. This label indicates the tyre’s performance based on three criteria: Fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise.

Tyre labelling Copyright © : rezulteo

After household appliances or cars, it’s now the turn of tyres to display a label indicating their performance to help consumers choose tyres. The new legislation came into force throughout the European Union on 1st November 2012. Now, all tyres on sale for passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and trucks must display their performance rating based on the three criteria: Fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise.

Better information for the consumer

This legislation is in line with consumer’s expectations, many (87%) of which say they need more information when buying tyres, as shown in a study, conducted in partnership with Ipsos. European tyre labelling should encourage drivers to buy safer, more fuel efficient and more environmentally friendly tyres.

Significant performance differences

Each criterion is associated with a grade represented by a letter and a colour. There are 6 grades for fuel efficiency, 5 grades for wet grip and 3 grades for external rolling noise.

There is a significant difference between the best and the worst rated tyres. For fuel consumption, the difference represents the equivalent of 4.7 mpg, i.e. 80 litres fuel per year (on the basis of 10,000 miles per year). For wet grip, the maximum difference represents a distance of 18 metres for a car travelling at 50 mph, i.e. the equivalent of 4 car lengths. If fuel efficiency seems to be the most important criteria for the European legislator, safety is by far the most important criteria for drivers. However, drivers place little importance on rolling noise. Drivers would have preferred more information on the longevity of tyres, a sensitive issue, particularly in hard economic times.

Be aware that G class tyres for rolling resistance and F class tyres in wet braking performance are banned from sale since the 1st November 2014. Produced tyres before this date can be sold up until 30 month after the entry into force of the legislation, 1st May 2017.

More criteria in our tyre data sheets

The label improves consumer information, but doesn’t tell the whole story. Other criteria must be taken into account to evaluate the actual performance of a tyre. This is notably the case for longevity, but also for dry braking and cornering grip. These performances can be found in car magazine tests and tyre data sheets published on our website.

Calculate performance differences with Rezulteo’s simulator

tyre labelling simulatorCopyright © : rezulteo

 How much fuel could you save by buying B-rated tyres rather than lower rated tyres? To answer this type of question, Rezulteo has developed a simulator which accurately calculates performance differences between one grade and another, taking the vehicle type, price of fuel and annual mileage into account.

 In the same way, the simulator calculates braking distance differences based on the type of vehicle and the initial speed.  It also allows you to listen to the difference in noise levels between two tyres.

> Test Rezulteo’s labelling simulator