EU Tyre Labelling
Tyre labelling for passenger cars and light commercials was introduced on the 1st November 2012 under European Regulation (EC) No. 1222/2009. The regulation will inform consumers on tyre safety (wet braking) and the tyres impact on the environment (rolling resistance and external noise). Graphics that will be used on the label will be familiar as they are designed in-line with those used to currently grade domestic appliances.
This label shows you how a tyre performs on fuel consumption - fuel efficiency is graded from A to G. There is a 7.5% loss of fuel economy between the best and worst class for a full set of tyres fitted to an average car - the equivalent to over 6 litres of fuel.
Braking on Wet Roads
This label shows how well a tyre brakes in wet conditions. Graded from A to G. Short to longer braking distances in wet conditions can have a difference between A and G of 18 metres.
This label shows you the noise level in decibels of a tyre. the tyre is categorised in 3 classes illustrated by 3 waves. 1 wave = quieter tyre to 3 waves = louder tyre (when comparing identical section widths).