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New EU Tire Label

New EU tire label


Why has the EU introduced a new tire label ?

To standardize the information on fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise, the EU will introduce a mandatory label on all new tires. From 1 November 2012, all tires produced after 1 July 2012 sold in Europe must have a tire label affixed. The intention with the introduction of the label is to provide the consumer with some important information that can be helpful when choosing new tires.

What else should you consider when buying new tires ?

The tire label provides information on three criteria (wet grip / braking properties, fuel economy / rolling resistance and noise level / without the cab). These are just a few of the many important criteria for a tire's characteristics, and an assessment of a tire should not be made solely on the basis of the tire label. It is also a good idea to familiarize yourself with the many tire tests that are done. It provides a more nuanced picture of a tire's characteristics.

The following conditions should i.a. also included:

- Resistance to aquaplaning

- Driving stability

- Handling and steering precision

- Durability

- Braking characteristics (dry road)

- Properties on winter roads


What tire types does the tire label apply to ?

The tire label will generally apply to passenger car tires, SUV / 4x4 tires, van tires and truck tires.

The tire label will generally not apply to retreaded tires, racing tires (and other non-standard approved tires), spare wheels and vintage car tires.

Requirements at the point of sale, incl. online sales

- A tire label in colors (provided by the tire manufacturer or tire importer)

- Before purchasing, the dealers must inform the customer about the tire's test results.

- The various test results must be included in all sales material.

- When purchasing, retailers must state the test results on invoices to end users, or in an accompanying document.


How to read the label ?



Rolling resistance (fuel economy)

Efficient use of fuel is important both to reduce CO2 emissions and driving costs. The categories are divided from A (green) to G (red). Category D is not used here. The difference between each category indicates a saving or increase in fuel consumption of between 0.10 and 0.15 liters per 100 kilometers for a car driving approx. 15 km / liter.



Wet grip (braking properties)

Wet road grip is a crucial factor in safety, and indicates the ability of the tires to stop the car quickly on wet roads, and can be explained by braking distances. The categories are A to G, where D and G are not used. The difference between each category corresponds to a braking distance of between one and two car lengths (or between 3 and 6 meters) when braking at a speed of 80 km / h.

The difference between category A and F is thus more than 18 meters braking distance.



Noise (external)

This is the noise level from the decks outside the cabin. The noise level is measured in decibels.
The more frames that are filled with black on the label, the noisier the tires.



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