The EU-Label


*Example Tyre Label
On the 1st of November 2012 the new EU tyre identification law, known as the EU tyre label, came into force. It stipulates that a tyre label must be added to all tyres produced in the EU after June 2012 and to all tyres sold in the EU after November 2012. With this regulation the European Union intends to reduce fuel consumption over the long term while simultaneously improving road safety. The label evaluates three criteria: rolling resistance, wet grip and noise emissions. A reduction of rolling resistance is equivalent to fuel savings and, thus, C02 savings. The assessment rates the tyres in the classes A (best result) to G, although D is not defined. In concrete terms this means: An improvement by one class represents a saving of 0.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. Wet grip is also divided into the classes A to G. Here D and G are not defined. At an initial speed of 80 kilometres per hour, the braking distance on wet roads differs by 3-6 meters between two classes. The noise emission measurement is not carried out by class but by beams, which are symbolic for the decibel levels. The more black bars appear on the label, the louder the tyres. The EU tyre label is intended to provide more transparency to the end consumer. However, other safety features, such as aquaplaning or handling on snowy and icy roads, are not part of the tyre label. For more information about the new labelling requirements for tyres, please visit the page