Tyre E Mark

Introduced by the Economic Commission for Europe, the tyre E mark is now mandatory on all European tyres. It certifies that the tyre has been approved for use in Europe.  It also signals that the tyre has met certain sizing, performance and marking requirements.

How to identify the tyre E mark

The E mark will be in the form of a circle or rectangle containing the letter “E” or “e” followed by a number. A large letter “E” indicates ECE type approval.  A small letter “e” indicates compliance with EEC Directive 92/23/EEC.


The number following the “E” identifies the country in which the tyre was approved.

ECE Marks

E2FranceE22Russian Federation
E8Czech RepublicE28Belarus
E10YugoslaviaE31Bosnia and Herzegovina
E11United KingdomE32Latvia
E19RomaniaE47South Africa
E20PolandE48New Zealand

The next two digits indicate the Regulation Amendment Series under which the tyre was approved. “02” represents ECE Regulation 30 covering passenger tyres. “00” represents ECE Regulation 54 covering commercial tyres. The remaining digits identify tyre type and size. Some tyres may also have a letter “s” if it has passed certain noise tests. A letter “w” relates to wet traction tests.

The number following the circle/rectangle is the type approval certificate number.

History of the ECE

The ECE was founded in 1947 by the United Nations. It’s main aim is to encourage greater European economic integration. It has also established various standards including regulations relating to tyres. This has been especially useful for tyre manufacturers. The large number of EU countries means it would be difficult and costly to meet each countries tyre standards otherwise.

Do all tyres need a tyre E mark?

Tyres sold outside of Europe do not need ECE type approval. However due to globalisation, increasingly manufacturers are seeking ECE approval anyway.  This may be because their tyres are to be used in both Europe and other locations such as the USA.

More information

For more detail on the tyre E mark and the relevant regulations please see the following links:

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

ECE Vehicle Regulations

European Commission Directive 92/23/EEC

Category: Tyre Markings