EU Tyre Label

In November 2012 the European Union introduced new labelling requirements for tyres. The aim of the new rules was to make it easier for the consumer to compare tyres in three ways. In the past due to the huge numbers of tyres available and the lack of standardised labelling it was often difficult to choose the best tyre for your needs.  As a result the EU tyre label was born and is now found on all new tyres sold in the EU.

EU Tyre Label

Thankfully with the new label it is now a lot easier to compare the tyre market and make your choice accordingly.  The label design is similar to that found on other products such as light bulbs.

The label is split into 3 sections and indicates performance for Fuel Efficiency, Wet Grip and Noise Levels.

Fuel Efficiency

Fuel Efficiency

This part of the label shows how well the tyre performs in the rolling resistance test. A good rating here means you can expect an increase in fuel economy. Tyres are rated between A to G, with A being the best rating.  Each grade shows a 2.5% to 4.5% increase or decrease in fuel economy (MPG).  In practice this means the difference between an A-rated tyre and a G-rated tyre could result in significant savings over the life of the tyre.

Wet Grip

Wet Grip

Shows how effective the tyre is in the wet. Tyre grip levels often decrease in wet weather and so wet grip is an essential marker of tyre safety and determines how the tyre performs under braking.  A is the best rating, G the least effective.  Each grade represents an increase or decrease in stopping distance in the wet.  In the real world this means a difference in stopping distance of 1 to 2 car lengths between each grade, assuming a full stop from 50mph in wet weather.  As you can see the stopping distance between an A and G rated tyre is quite a lot.  As a result this rating really does have the potential to help you avoid accidents due to poor tyre braking performance.

Noise Levels

Noise Levels

This section shows how noise the tyres are from the outside. As well as a decibel reading, the black bars indicate the exterior noise level.  One black bar shows a lower noise tyre, two bars is average and three bars are for noisier tyres.  Sadly it only indicates exterior noise level which means you aren’t able to tell how noisy a tyre would be in the passenger cabin.

Where do I find the EU tyre label?

As of the 1st November 2012, all brand new tyres must display an EU tyre label sticker. When looking to buy tyres you should ask your tyre retailer if this label is missing as they must provide this information to potential customers. Most large online tyre stores do now show the labels as standard, making the buying process a lot easier.

More information

For more information on the EU tyre label please see the official European Commission site.