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Everything you need to know about EU tyre labelling

As of 1 November 2012, all tyres produced after 30 June 2012, under the European Regulations,  all tyre retailers are required to provide a label (or access to the information) for each tyre, displaying additional information to assist customers in their decision making process.  This applies to both car and van tyres.

This aims to provide end-users with clear and relevant information about the quality of the tyre, and to guide them towards choosing a product which is more fuel efficient, has better wet braking and is less noisy.

The additional information available to customers is shown in the sample label below:

Tyre Efficiency Label

How to read the label

Fuel Efficiency

The image in the top left of the label refers to fuel efficiency & CO2 emmisions.  The rating system is from  A - G, A being the top most grade and G being the lowest grade  How are the tyres graded?  It is dependent upon each tyres rolling resistance, the less resistance the tyre displays when tested on a rolling road, the better grade it is awarded as more resistance uses more fuel and therefore increases CO2 emissions.  The difference between an A rated tyre and a G rated tyre is as much as 7.5% saving on average (dependent upon driving conditions and style).

Wet Braking

On the top right of the label the image refers to the tyres wet braking performance and again has a rating system from A-G.  The grade awarded to each tyre is dependent upon performance in a wet braking test environment defined by the European Regulation.  Tyres which are given an A grade could out perform a G graded tyre by as much as 18m stopping distance under wet conditions.

Road Noise

The final image shown on the label is relevant to extrernal tyre noise (not internal).  The graphic shows a speaker with three differing levels of noise and a decibal reading which has been obtained when the tyre is tested.  The lower the decibals and the less number of speaker graphics displayed in black means the least external noise from the tyre.

Tyre Labelling Benefits

We believe that the introduction of tyre labelling is going to benefit customers in their decision making process and assist us in recommending the right tyres for you dependent upon your individual requirements.

We will make the labels available to you in our fitting centres or be able to show you the details of each tyre.  On our website we will display the ratings against each tyre to allow you to make an informed decision.

If you are still unsure, don't worry.  Our fitting staff will be happy to answer any questions that you may have, or give us a call to discuss further.


For more information:

EU Tyre Labelling Document


View the video below for a further explanation:


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Ratings from A-G
A = Best Fuel Economy

WET GRIP wet grip

Ratings from A-G
A = Best wet weather

NOISE LEVEL noise level

The lower the decibel,
the quieter the tyre