It’s a compulsory set of icons and ratings which specify the fuel consumption, wet grip and noise classification of every car, van and heavy truck tyre sold in EU since November 2012.
By law, tyre suppliers must either put a sticker on the tyre tread or a label on each delivery of tyres to the dealer and/or customer. This applies to car and light commercial vehicle tyres. They must also provide the same information in their technical literature (leaflets, brochures, etc), and on their website, for passenger, light commercial vehicles, and truck/bus tyres.
The label is there to help trade and consumers differentiate between tyres, by means of a standardised method of testing. It clearly states which are the higher quality, and therefore safer, tyres for the conditions in which they’re likely to drive.
Information is broken down into:
The scale for Fuel Efficiency is broken down into seven grades with A (red) denoting the highest performance tyres and G (green) the least performing.
Again, grades A to G are used to indicate the tyre’s grip on wet roads. A has the highest wet grip performance, and therefore the shortest braking distance on wet roads while G has the lowest wet grip performance.
The tyre’s exterior noise is measured in decibels compared with the legal limits. One black wave indicates the best noise level and three waves the worst.
Fuel efficiency ratings:
Exterior noise ratings:
Braking performance ratings:
Tyre manufacturers are responsible for assessing and classifying their tyres according to carefully defined methods approved by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNEC). Wet grip and external rolling noise are tested in real conditions outdoors. Rolling resistance (fuel efficiency rating) is tested indoors using a test rig.
Although the EU label is a useful guide for both retailers and consumers, they are not the only considerations to take into account when buying tyres. For example, they don’t account for: resistance to aquaplaning, driving stability, handling performance on wet and dry roads, tyre durability, braking performance on dry roads and the tyre’s abilities to cope with winter weather.
Below you can find our EU Tyre Label viewer for all Uniroyal products. Just enter the requested values and your eu tyre label will be available.