EU TYRE LABELING
In 2012, the European Union introduced a new tyre label in order to provide standardised information on three specific performances: fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise. Tyre labelling for passenger cars and light trucks took effect from November 2012, for tyres on sale in the EU under European Regulation (EC/No. 1222/2009) which were manufactured after 1 July 2012.
The label appears on the actual tyre and gives consumers useful information to assist them when purchasing new tyres. The graphics on the label are similar as those already used for household appliances and, more recently, new cars.
FUEL EFFICIENCY (ROLLING RESISTANCE)
WET GRIP (BRAKING PERFORMANCE)
1 sound wave
The best noise level performance. (3 dB below the future European limit)*
2 sound waves
The average performance. (Already compliant with the future European limit)*
3 sound waves
The weakest performance. (Compliant with the current European limit)
* The new European tyre external noise levels will be introduced by 2016
Information on EU Tyre Label Icon
• Fuel Efficiency Class on Regulation (EC) No. 122212009 amended by Regulation (EC) No. 228/2011 and Regulation (EC) No. 1235/2011
• Wet Grip Class on Regulation (EC) No. 1222/2009 amended by Regulation (EC) No. 228/2011 and Regulation IEC) No. 1235/2011
• dB = External Rolling Noise Class and Measured Value (d8) on Regulation (EC) No. 1222/2009 amended by Regulation (EC) No. 228/2011 and Regulation (EC) No. 1235/2011