New EU Tyre Labels

The EU has introduced new labelling legislation from November 2012, which is designed to help consumers choose the right tyre to cut noise and emissions and improve fuel economy. Under the new legislation, all tyres on sale in the EU from November 2012 will be accompanied by a label with three tyre performance categories: wet grip, fuel efficiency and exterior rolling noise.

Wet grip and fuel efficiency will be rated on a sliding scale from A to G, with A being the best performers and G being the worst. Noise levels will be split into three categories and measured in decibels (dB) in comparison with new European standards on noise levels to be introduced by 2016. The labels will bear either one, two or three black sound waves, with one indicating 3dB less than future European limits, two demonstrating compliance with future European limits and three demonstrating compliance only with current European limits.