On the 1st of November 2012, European Union declared that a standard tire labelling was going to be mandatory on the tire itself for all tires produced after June 2012 and for all tires sold after November 2012 throughout Europe.

That regulation's aim is to reduce fuel consumption in a long term while providing road safety. The regulation enables consumers to make better choices when buying new tires. With this regulation, some important safety and environmental information about the tire can be found on the labels. The regulation obliges tire manufacturers to declare fuel efficiency, wet grip rating and external rolling noise performance for C1 (PCR), C2 (LTR) and C3 (TBR) tires.


What is new on the EU Tyre Label after May 1, 2021?

The new label includes the same three classification as before. However, the classes in wet grip and fuel efficiency are renewed to be similar to those of other household appliances. The empty classes are removed, and the scale is from A to E. In addition, there is a new way of marking noise class with letters from A to C, but the decibel level remains as earlier.

On the top of existing criteria, the new label introduces Snow Grip Marking as well as Ice Grip Marking. A tyre that is approved for severe snow conditions has the Snow Grip Marking, and a tyre that passes the international ice grip test method shows the Ice Grip Marking on their label.

The new label includes a QR code that can be scanned to see more information about the tyre in the European Product Registry for Energy Labelling (EPREL). The tyre label is also available for download and print out in EPREL.

Via the QR code displayed on the new EU tyre label, consumers will be able to access the corresponding tyre information and download the relevant information.

  • Consumers will be able to search the product database for energy labels and product information sheets. Suppliers (manufacturers, importers or authorised representatives) need to register their tyres before selling them on the European market.
  • Consumers will be able to access the EPREL database from 1st May 2021. The database will be accessible through a public web portal.
What do we aim to achieve with the revision of the tyre label?

Better road safety in specific conditions: With the addition of Snow and Ice Grip Markings, the consumer can take an informed decision also in winter conditions, with the additional choice for the driver in the Nordic countries, to buy tyres that are safer on those icy roads.

Lower emissions: The label aims to help the driver choose more fuel-efficient tyres, reducing the rolling noise emissions.

Easier access to information for the consumer: via the QR code that quickly allows the consumer to access the EPREL database (European Product Registry for Energy Labelling), all the tyres’ information will be available at a click.