EU Tyre Labelling Legislation

Similar to labels already used for white goods (fridges, freezers and dishwashers), the tyre label provides objective and comparable information for 3 key areas relating to tyre safety, performance and environmental impact.

Regulation (EC 1222/2009) came into effect from 1st November 2012 and states that all car, SUV/4x4 and van tyres manufactured after 1st July 2012 give ratings for fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise. Tyres manufactured before 1st July 2012 may still carry an old style label.

Helping you make an Informed Decision

The tyre label focuses on three key areas of performance. It is worth noting that a number of tyre manufacturers focus on up to 50 individual areas of performance when manufacturing a tyre, and so the label should be used in conjunction with other relevant available information.

Breakdown of the Label

Fuel Efficiency / Rolling Resistance

A rolling tyre deforms and dissipates energy. The energy that’s lost is known as rolling resistance and directly impacts on fuel consumption and the environment.

With lower rolling resistance, the tyre uses less energy, less fuel and in turn, Iess CO2.

Wet Grip / Braking Performance

Tyres with excellent wet grip have shorter braking distances on slippery roads, essential for keeping you safe in the rain.

These ratings are measured from the distance travelled by a car after braking at 50mph in the wet*. 30% shorter braking distance between best and worst class for a full set of tyres fitted to an average car. * Testing according to regulation EC1222/2009

External Rolling Noise

A tyre’s exterior noise grading is expressed in decibels (dB) and accompanied by one, two or three sound waves on the label.

One wave is the best performance, three is the worst.Three bars is the current limit, while two meets future laws and one is a further 3dBs below.