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The new EU Tyre Label

More transparency when choosing tyres

Under Regulation EU/2020/740, legislation for the new European tyre label will be effective from 1st May 2021 in Northern Ireland and in the rest of the UK later in the year (date to be confirmed).

The new EU Tyre Label includes a revised rating system and imagery to cover three key aspects including safety, noise and fuel-efficiency.

This is to help you make informed choices and encourage you to reduce both costs and emissions, whilst information on wet grip will improve road safety and information on noise levels will reduce noise pollution.

EU Tyre Label

The new European Tyre label

The new label, shown on the right above, will have similar information in a new format. The scales have been simplified to A to E. Tyres previously in class E will be in class D and those in F and G will be in the new Class E. Tyre noise will be in recoded in grade A, B or C, replacing the existing sound waves. 

In addition to the standard label, icons relating to severe snow conditions (3PMSF) and/or grip in icy conditions can be included if relevant.

The Quick Response (QR) code on the top right of the label provides a link to the EU product database (EPREL) which will provide the tyre label values specific to each tyre.

 

The tyre label covers three important aspects of the tyre:

 

Fuel Efficiency

Your tyre’s fuel efficiency is not only important in reducing the cost of driving but also in reducing CO2 emissions. Fuel efficiency is measured according to the rolling resistance of the tyres in grades A to E, where A is the most fuel efficient and E is the least fuel efficient. The difference between grade A and grade E means a reduction or increase in fuel consumption of up to 7.5%.

Grip in Wet Conditions

Wet grip is a critical safety feature and relates to the ability of the tyre to stop a vehicle quickly on wet roads. The difference between each grade means an increase or decrease in stopping distance between one or two car lengths (3 to 6 metres) when braking from 50 mph. The difference between categories A and E is more than 18 metres in stopping distance.

Rolling Noise – exterior noise emissions

This is the external noise made by the tyre and is measured in decibels. Tyre noise is identified by grades of A to C, where A is the quietest.

 

Information on the tyre label will be provided by the manufacturer of each tyre. The gradings for each tyre follow the standards laid down in Regulation EU/2020/740.

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