The EU tire labeling law

//The EU tire labeling law
The EU tire labeling law 2016-12-15T14:57:47+00:00

In order to be able to provide standardized information on fuel efficiency, wet grip and external tire noise, the EU has decided to impose a mandatory declaration for tires. From 1 November 2012 must all tires, covered by this policy, be sold together with information on each tire. The purpose of this labeling is to increase the safety and reduce the environmental impact of road transports.

Which tires are covered by the policy?

In general the policy will include tires for passenger cars, 4×4, SUVs, light trucks and regular trucks. It will become a legal requirement that these tires either carry a label or are sold with information regarding the three performance criteria. Tires which are not covered by the legislation are racing tires, professional off-road tires, spare tires, classic car tires, retreaded tires, studded tires and tires with lower speed class than 80 km/h together with motorcycle tires.

How to interpret the label?

Fuel efficiency/rolling resistance

A to F, from low to higher fuel consumption.
G, not used.
vaticon

Grip/braking ability in wet conditions

A-F, from short to longer braking distance.
G, not used.
bullericon

Noise level/external noise

Specified in dB.
In addition to the dB value there are also three sound waves. One sound wave
indicates the lowest noise level and three sound waves indicate the highest noise level.