The Tyre Labelling Regulation has been in place since 2012 and provides consumers across Europe with essential information on fuel efficiency, safety, and noise by detailing the tyres’ rolling resistance, wet grip, and external rolling noise. This labelling system provides consumers with transparent and objective information about the quality of the tyres they buy. As a result, they can make better informed choices taking into consideration their type of driving, the climate and road conditions they are likely to encounter.
Further to the European Commission’s proposal in May 2018, in November 2019, the European Institutions reached a provisional agreement on the review of the European Tyre Labelling Regulation and the final Regulation (EU 2020/740) was published on 5 June 2020.
The agreed text will further increase consumer awareness of the tyre label and promote healthy competition between manufacturers. Key elements of this review include strengthening market surveillance and enforcement in Member States, supported by the introduction of a Product Information Database, which will strengthen the information chain between manufacturers and authorities. Due to this review, the very appearance of the label will change, introducing a QR code and logos indicating if the tyre is for use in snow/ice conditions.
The new Regulation will enter into force on 25 June 2020 and it will apply from 1 May 2021. Until then, the current tyre label remains in use.
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.
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.