EU tyre ratings

eu tyre label
EU tyre label

EU tyre label

The EU tyre label was first introduced in 2012 and was designed to help consumers across Europe make more informed decisions on what tyres to fit to their vehicles. The tyre labelling ensured that every tyre manufactured came with a label rating rolling resistance (fuel economy) score, wet grip performance and external noise in db.

These tyre ratings had to be available by law to a consumer purchasing a tyre, either via the label on the tyre at the time of fitting or digitally on a website or screen which could be viewed by the consumer when purchasing tyres.

Tyre label changes from May 2021

From 1st May 2021, the tyre industry has committed to making the new tyre label values digitally available across the UK. This ensures a consistent level of information available for you as a customer to help you make a more informed decision. This is for all tyres that are offered for sale throughout the whole of the UK including Northern Ireland.

The new EU tyre label design benefits from an updating rating scale and features a new QR code. The original label only showed tyre ratings for rolling resistance, wet grip and external rolling noise. The new EU tyre label benefits from additional information on tyre performances in snow and ice weather conditions. 

The EU tyre label 2020/740 has been updated to include a newly formed scale designed to help you make a more informed and fuel- efficient decision on your tyres.

The old 1222/2009 eu tyre label gave consumers information on rolling resistance, wet grip and external rolling noise.

The new EU tyre label which comes into effect on the 1st May 2021 also includes information on tyre performance in snow and ice. The updated label also benefits from clearer classifications for wet grip & rolling resistance – which now have 5 instead of 7 scores from A to E.

EU Tyre label changes include:

  • A QR code links to product information on European commission database.
  • New fuel efficiency symbol to include electric vehicles
  • New scale for rolling resistance & wet grip which goes from A – E (F & G are no longer on the scale)
  • External noise classification. A, B & C classes now measure external noise for clearer information.
  • Snow performance icons. 3 peak mountain with snowflake symbol & ice stalagmite symbol for Nordic winter tyres.

2020/740 EU tyre label

New EU Tyre Label

Understanding the EU tyre label

Fuel efficiency

Also referred to as “rolling resistance” a high score lowers fuel costs and CO2 emissions.

‘A’ is the highest score whereas ‘G’ indicates the lowest rating.

Choosing a tyre with a good efficiency rating is one of the ways to save on petrol costs. 

Wet grip

This score measures wet braking performance which indicates how well the tyre will grip the road in wet conditions.

‘A’ is the highest score whereas ‘G’ indicates the lowest rating.

External noise

This rating measure the volume of noise the tyre makes on the road surface. Tyres which generate low noise levels have less impact on the environment.

An ‘A’ rated tyre would be the quietest, having the lowest external noise.

QR code

The new QR code feature links directly to the tyres product information on the European commission database.

Scanning the QR code with a smartphone would open a link for the tyre directly in the database.

Snow & Ice Icons

The snow icon indicates the tyre is suitable for severe snow conditions.

The ice icon is present when a tyre has shown to provide shorter braking distance on ice covered roads.

If you need further advice on which tyres to choose then don’t hesitate to contact your local branch or call our team on 0345 2997 955