INTRODUCING THE NEW EU TYRE LABEL

Since 2012 the EU Tyre Energy Label provides a clear and common classification of tyre performance for rolling resistance, braking on wet surfaces and external noise. The labels help consumers make informed decisions when they are buying tyres as they can easily set their priority choice based on the parameters.

Regulation (EC) No 1222/2009 first introduced the obligation of placing car and van tyres on the EU market with a sticker showing the label. That regulation is repealed and replaced by Regulation (EU) 2020/740 with start of application on 1 May 2021. It establishes a framework for the provision of harmonised information on tyre parameters through labelling to allow endusers to make an informed decision when purchasing tyres, for the purpose of increasing economic and environmental efficiency of road transport by promoting fuel-efficient, safe tyres with low noise levels.

Tyres will no longer be allowed in classes F and G for rolling resistance and for wet grip, which is why the new scale has only 5 classes (A to E). The new energy symbols better suggest that the fuel efficiency is applicable to both internal combustion vehicles and to electric ones. In the bottom part, the external rolling noise class is always indicated, including the measured value of external noise level in decibels.