EU Tyre Labelling Regulations Explained
TYRE LABELLING FOR PASSENGER CARS HAS BEEN IN EFFECT SINCE 1ST NOVEMBER 2012 UNDER EUROPEAN REGULATION (EC) NO. 1222/2009.
This regulation brings a major advance in consumer information on tyre safety (wet braking) and the tyre’s impact on the environment (rolling resistance and external noise). The graphics on the label may be familiar as they are already used for household appliances and more recently for new cars.
The EU Energy label for tyres
The label classifies the tyre into categories and a rating for each area. The better the classification, the better the tyre (fuel savings, safety and external noise). Red G is the worst class; Green A is the best class.
Fuel Efficiency - Related to the rolling resistance. By reducing rolling resistance, the tyre consumes less energy.
Wet Grip - One of the most important safety characteristics of a tyre. Tyres with very good wet grip have a shorter braking distance when it rains.
External noise - Noise generated by the tyre is expressed in waves: one black wave is the lowest noise level and three the highest. The aim is to reduce traffic-related noise for communities.
EU Tyre Labelling Symbols 1222/2009