How does tyre labelling work?
The EU Tyre labelling legislation, EC 1222.2009, was introduced on 1 November 2012. The purpose of the legislation is to ensure that every car, van or truck tyre carries a label displaying its performance in three key areas:
Tyre labelling makes it possible to compare each tyre across these three key areas, whether you are buying an economy, midrange or premium tyre. The label, which is similar to those on white goods such as fridges and washing machines, is the same for all tyres. This makes it easy to make an accurate comparison between a Bridgestone and an economy tyre, or a midrange and a Michelin tyre.
Additionally, tyre labels offer greater transparency on how each tyre measures up to the competition within each tyre classification and aids an informed decision on which tyre to purchase.
How can tyre labelling help you when choosing new tyres?
When tyre labelling was introduced etyres, alongside the industry in general, welcomed this much needed-piece of legislation. It hands the power of information to you, the customer. Many of the most important figures within the tyre industry called its launch the biggest change to hit the tyre market in over 50 years and they were not wrong.
Previously, many motorists based their choice about which tyre to buy on just price and brand. As your tyres are the only thing connecting you and your vehicle to the road you need to be sure you are getting the best tyres to suit your driving style and vehicle. Tyre labelling gives customers the information they need to make much more informed decisions.
Understanding tyre labels
To find out more about each section of the tyre label click on the links below:
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Tyre labelling FAQ's
When did the tyre labelling legislation come into effect?
Tyre labelling legislation has been active since 1st November 2012. All tyres manufactured after 1st July 2012 carry a label.
Why do we need tyre labelling?
Labels enable customers to make more informed choices when they buy their tyres.
Tyres make an important contribution to road safety and to the environmental impact of road transport. Since all tyres are not the same and offer vastly varying performances, the aim behind the EU regulation is to improve both of these key issues.
Which tyres are included in the legislation?
The legislation applies to the supply of new car, 4×4, van and truck tyres with rim sizes greater than 254mm and less than 635mm.
Which tyres are excluded from the legislation?
The principal exclusions are motorcycle tyres, retread tyres, T-tyre temporary use spare tyres, tyres for pre-1990 vehicles and racing tyres.