• The new EU tyre label from May 2021
    Information for dealers

The new EU Regulation on the labelling of tyres

On 1 May 2021, the EU Regulation 2020/740 will come into force with new tyre label specifications

When not produced and placed on the market prior to this date, all tyres placed on the market from 1 May 2021 must be provided with the new tyre label.

The new tyre label has now been supplemented with a QR code containing a link to the EPREL database (EU Product Database for Energy Labelling). Accessible free of charge to all consumers, this database contains the entire set of product information for each tyre.
The new tyre label may also contain additional pictograms for snow and ice grip. The former fuel efficiency classes have been restructured, and the external rolling noise classes superseded by the letters A, B, C.

The new tyre label and what is important for you – in 180 seconds.

Source: Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH

What does the EU tyre label tell the buyer?

The new EU tyre label helps European consumers to decide in favour of a higher fuel efficiency class for their tyres. Both end users and commercial end consumers can then contribute to large reductions in running costs and emissions. Enhanced wet grip means greater road safety, and details of external rolling noise contributes to a reduction in traffic noise levels.

 

The EU tyre label criteria under EU Regulation 2020/740

 

Fuel efficiency class
Less rolling noise saves fuel and cuts CO2. This property is assigned to classes A to E.
The classes A, B, and C remain unchanged; E and F have been transferred to D and E (for C2 tyres with tightened upper limits.

 

Wet grip class
Wet grip is crucial to safe driving. This property is assigned to classes A to G. As an example, the difference between class A and class E braking distances is 18 m.
The classes A, B, and C remain unchanged; E and F have been transferred to D and E.

 

External rolling noise class
The noise emitted by tyres affects the total noise levels emitted by the vehicle. As before, the label presents the dB value.
The former soundwaves ), )), and ))) are now the letters A, B, C.

 

Snow grip
A new addition to the tyre label is the snow symbol. All tyres fulfilling the standard will now be provided with the new EU tyre label containing this symbol.

 

 

Ice grip
Likewise new is the ice symbol (for C1 [car] tyres only). In this initial phase, the testing method is still unclear, so no relevance is attached to this symbol at present.

Scope and obligations of the dealer

What do you have to bear in mind?

Basically, you must submit to the customer a digitised or printed image of the new EU tyre label prior to the sale.
At the point of sale, the label must be affixed to a visible place on the tyre. The production information sheet must be retrievable in digitised form and, on request, provided in printed form as well. This information must be provided in digitised form when the tyres are not put on display at the point of sale or when they are being sold online or from a distance. The tyre label, either digitised or printed, must be presented in all visual advertisements and all other advertising media for the specific tyre type.

  • All tyres exhibited or visible to consumers must bear directly on their surface an adhesive EU label provided by their manufacturer or be placed directly next to the printed label.
  • Prior to purchase, dealers must also inform buyers of the EU label for tyres that are not placed on display, that are presented in sales materials/catalogues, or that are being sold on the internet, and their product information sheets must be retrievable by means of a QR code or URL.
  • Also during advice provided over the telephone and in emailed offers, the customer must be informed of each of the EU label’s parameters.

All details can be found in our EU tyre label Information for dealers, available for downloading.

Source: EU Regulation 2020/740 and Continental AG. Errors excepted. All information provided without warranty.

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The EU energy label for tyres

The new EU tyre label helps consumers to decide in favour of a higher fuel efficiency class for their tyres. This can contribute to large reductions in running costs and emissions. Enhanced wet grip means greater road safety, and details of external rolling noise contributes to a reduction in traffic noise levels. 

The actual fuel savings and road safety depend heavily on the behaviour of drivers, and in particular on the following:

  • Eco-driving can significantly reduce fuel consumption
  • Tyre pressure needs to be regularly checked to optimise fuel efficiency and wet grip.
  • Stopping distances must always be respected.

Fuel efficiency class

Less rolling noise saves fuel and cuts CO2. This property is assigned to classes A to E.

Wet grip class

Wet grip is assigned to classes A to E. Wet grip is crucial to safe driving. For instance, the difference between class A and class E braking distances is 18 m.

External rolling noise class

The label presents the volume in dB and the class A (quieter), B, or C (louder). The noise emitted by tyres affects the total noise levels emitted by the vehicle.

Snow grip

The snowflake symbol confirms that the snow tested tyre keeps within the 3PMSF limits (type approval).