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Changes to the Tyre Label

All new tyres sold in the EU as of May 1st 2021 will come with a new standard tyre label. This is unless the tyres were produced before 01.May.2021. Renewed and tightened European regulations have caused the new label to be drastically different. In addition to the adjusted appearance of the tyre label, there will also be additional information available on it as well.   
There will now be a QR code with a link to the EPREL (European Product Database for Energy Labelling). In this new European database all extensive product data per tyre must be listed. The database is free to access to all consumers for inspection and/or consultation.
There have been additional boxes added displaying “Supplier” and “Tyre Model Identifier” (product code).

New Tyre Label Values & Pictograms   

Tyre label values have been reclassified A to E (previously A to G). Class D is taken into use (before May 1st this class was not used). A being the best and E being the worst.

Pictograms are now present. They indicate the performance on heavy snow and icy conditions. Tyres with ice grip are specifically designed for ice and roads with packed snow. They should only be used in severe weather conditions. An example would be low temperatures. Using tyres with ice grip in less severe weather conditions may lead to reduced performance. 

Additional Information

The tyre label will now also be mandatory for truck tyres, class 3. This was not the case until now.
The label itself looks somewhat similar to the one that household appliances have. Tyre labels are meant to provide drivers with enough objective, and reliable information to make an informed decision when buying new tyres.                                                                              

Please note that actual fuel savings and road safety depend heavily on the behaviour of drivers. Eco-driving can significantly reduce fuel consumption. Tyre pressure needs to be regularly checked to optimize fuel efficiency and wet grip. Stopping distances must always be respected.

An Explanation of the Three Performance Criteria on a Tyre Label: 


1) Fuel Efficiency 

A vehicle’s fuel consumption depends on a number of factors. Engine type, speed, road surface type and weather conditions are a few of the factors. Reduced fuel consumption signifies lower fuel costs and less CO2 emissions. This criteria has 7 categories. G (being the least efficient) to A (the most efficient). The difference between category A and category G can vary for private cars (C1), amount up to 7.5%.


2) Wet Grip

A tyre’s grip on a wet road surface can vary. Some factors that may influence this are the vehicle type, weather conditions and the tyre profile. Good grip is vital for safety. This criteria has 7 categories, from A (shortest braking distance) to G (longest braking distance). 


3) External Rolling Noise

External rolling noise refers to the traffic noise caused by the tyre. There are 3 Levels of external rolling noise classes:

  1. Lower than the current maximum permitted value yet still above future European standards;
  2. Between the future limit and less than 3 dB;
  3. More than 3 dB, under the future limit.

Referring to the Regulation (EC) No 1222/2009, it is important to remember that actual fuel savings and road safety depends a lot on the behaviour of drivers. 





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