EU Tyre Labelling Information 2021
What information do Tyre Labels provide?
Under European Regulation (EC) No. 1222/2009, all new tyres for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles produced for sale in Europe require a performance label for consumers to view and compare before purchase.
Each tyre manufacturer is responsible for testing their own products using a strict set of guidelines under regulation and monitoring from their respective EU member state (note therefore that a number of far eastern manufacturers will not be state-regulated and that this may offer less accurate data)
2021 updates to the labelling has simplified further the information available and provides a direct QR code web-link to the specific products manufacturer information by tyre.
As a consumer, you have a much clearer understanding of the products you're purchasing and be able to confidently compare tyres before purchase.*
*Please be aware that this is a system which may be open to a degree of less than accurate performance measurements from lesser known tyre manufacturers. If you are unsure about the data provided - please contact us directly for more information
Based on the same system used to label energy efficiency on white goods, the data labels are very easy to use and understand. They offer information on the following criteria:
Tyre Safety - Wet Braking Performance
Measured in terms of wet braking performance, the chart offers a grading system from:
E (least safe performer and longest distance to stop) to
A (shortest stopping distance and safest).
The test is performed with a vehicle under standardised conditions defined by law, to cover: temperature, road surface, water depth and speed. The conditions of the test are as follows:
- Summer tyres tested between 5°C and 35°C
- Winter tyres tested between 2°C and 20°C
- Water depth between 0.5mm and 1.5mm
- Braking performed on an ABS equipped vehicle on four tyres between approx. 50mph and 12mph
A vehicle fitted with a set of A grade tyres can stop in up to 30% (18metres) shorter distances when braking from 50mph than that of the same vehicle fitted with a set of E grade tyres.
Tyre Fuel Economy - Rolling Resistance
The tyres' fuel efficiency is graded on the chart from:
A (most efficient) to E (least efficient).
Using testing methods set by Regulation CE 1222/2009 to generate proven performance gaps, a car fitted with a set of A graded tyres driven at 50mph uses 7.5% LESS fuel than those with E rated tyres.
Fuel efficiency is measured by rolling resistance. As your car tyres roll along a road, there is naturally an amount of resistance. this has a direct impact on how much fuel used. If your tyres have a low rolling resistance they will use less energy and provide you with better fuel efficiency.
Tyre External Noise Emissions- Decibel Rating
The external noise a tyre generates is measured in decibels (dB). The test is carried out by measuring the sound level of a tyres' emission as a test vehicle passes a microphone in standardised conditions at 50mph.
Mandatory laws for noise emission from tyres will come into force in the future across Europe. The label shows the decibel output of the tyre and it's relationship to the current legislation and future limits.
- C = A noisier tyre. The level would be greater than the future limit but would comply with current output regulation.
- B = An AVERAGE type tyre. The noise level is equal to or below the future limit by up to approx 3dB
- A = A LOW noise tyre. The output emission is at 3dB or more below the future regulation.
Labelling is a helpful guide to you, the consumer. to allow you to make a more informed decision about your purchase. A tyre is not just a tyre.
Different products offer a multitude of characteristics and you should consider carefully the right tyre to suit your style and pattern of driving. While price is key for many motorists, sometimes this can lead to the purchase of products that are wholly unsuitable for use and at best could lead to a false economy and at worst a real compromise in safety.
It must also always be understood that while the tread of the tyre is the only point of contact with the road for every vehicle, it is the air held within the tyre that keeps the vehicle in motion.
Correctly set pressure is absolutely fundamental in achieving the optimum performance from your tyres.
Our online sales platform allows you to choose between brands and variants. Our Support Team are in place to offer you greater guidance and understanding of the tyres we supply and fit.
If you are unsure about the suitability of a product or are simply not sure which to purchase, please call the team in the first instance. We are not here to sell you a particular product, we will discuss with you your driving, your vehicle, your loading and many more questions where appropriate and suggest the most suitable tyre.
We often suggest customers select a cheaper product than those currently fitted following these discussions so please don't feel you will be up-sold! We're here to make sure you love the service and get true value from the tyres you have fitted.