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Since the 1st of November 2012, new tyres must have a so-called EU label attached.

We at The A2B Tyre Shop Tyre Labelling would like to explain its meaning on this page, so you can make an informed decision before you buy tyres Barry.

What does the tyre label assess?

Authorities have made three criteria essential: Fuel efficiency, wet grip, and external rolling noise, identical for summer and winter tyres.

Fuel Efficiency

The label rates efficiency from A (very good) to G (low). Class D does not exist. According to estimates by the responsible commission, the difference between driving with class A and class G tyres can be up to 7.5 per cent and higher in the commercial sector. For a passenger car with an average consumption of 6.6 litres per 100 kilometres (62 miles) on class A, the consumption increases by 0.15 litres up to class G.

Wet Grip

Here, too, the tyres are divided into classes from A with the shortest braking distance to F with the longest braking distance on wet roads. Class D does not exist here either. According to the Commission, the braking distance of a tyre equipped with class A can be up to 18 metres shorter at a speed of 80 km/h (50 mph). That would be a braking distance reduction of up to 30 per cent, mind you only on wet roads.

External Rolling Noise

The external rolling noise is given in decibels, this time without categories, but as a number with a symbol on the left. This pictogram has three stripes. The more stripes are coloured black, the higher the noise level. Since recently, a new EU limit value for rolling noise has been applied. If three stripes are black, the tyre complies with the previously applicable limit. Two black stripes mean that the new limit value is complied with or undercut by up to 3 decibels. One stripe symbolises an undercut by more than 3 decibels. The actual values in all three categories depend, of course, to a large extent on driving style, vehicle condition and environmental conditions during the journey.

What does the tyre label not assess?

The general driving behaviour (braking, stability, etc.) on dry roads - after all, what is most often expected of a tyre - is not part of the EU standard. Aquaplaning properties, wear, behaviour on winter roads - all this information must be obtained by the consumer elsewhere, for example, by studying tyre tests. The EU tyre label covers important but by far not all performance characteristics for tyres.

What is the label for?

The label is awarded according to the European Tyre Labelling Regulation EU/1222/2009. It is intended to maintain and increase safety, environmental protection, and economic efficiency in road traffic. The label promotes fuel-efficient, quiet, and safe tyres, the latter only regarding wet grip.

Where can I find the label?

There is a labelling obligation. This is the responsibility of manufacturers, importers, dealers, and vehicle manufacturers. Suppliers must list the label in their advertising material and publish it on their website. In addition, a sticker can be placed on the tread. Dealers must ensure that tyres on display have such a label or that the label is in the immediate vicinity of the tyre and is shown to the customer before purchase. If the customer does not actually look at the tyres before buying - when shopping online, for example - the information must be available. Dealers who sell cars, including tyres, must also provide the label information before purchasing. In addition, buyers always get the information on or with the invoice. As we know, the EU is very strict about regulations. So, of course, the size of the sticker is also prescribed: Namely, at least 7.5 x 10 centimetres wide and high, but no more than 250 square centimetres and no longer than 22 centimetres.

For which tyres is the EU label valid?

The label has been valid since the 1st of November 2012 for all tyres manufactured after the 30th of June 2012 for passenger cars and light and heavy commercial vehicles. Excluded are motorbike tyres, retreaded tyres, off-road tyres for commercial vehicles, vintage tyres (tyres exclusively for vehicles first registered before the 1st of October 1990), type T emergency tyres, tyres with a maximum permissible speed of 50 mph or less, tyres for rims with a diameter smaller than 254 millimetres (10 inches) or larger than 635 millimetres (25 inches), tyres with special traction enhancements - e.g. spikes, and racing tyres.

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