Automotive / Tires. What do the new tire labels mean?

All tires sold in the European Union must now indicate their level of grip on ice, and display a QR code allowing their characteristics to be viewed and compared on the internet.

Once scanned, the QR code gives access to a database containing information on all the tires sold in Europe.

A wealth of information for the motorist, who should be able to compare the different options and make his decision with his only smartphone.

A long evolution

This is not the first time that the EU has sought to better inform motorists looking for new tires, in order to promote safer or cleaner models.

In the early 2000s, it was already a question of indicating their rolling resistance.

“The tire industry has demanded a wet grip label, in order to prevent fuel efficiency at the expense of safety,” said Jarmo Sunnari of Finnish tire manufacturer Nokian Tires.

Likewise, environmental protection associations have requested that the rolling noise produced by the tire be indicated on the labels. What has been retained by the regulations.

The arrival of labels

For example, since 2012 summer, winter and all-season tires sold in the EU must have labels indicating their rolling resistance, wet grip and the external rolling noise they produce.

These labels have just received two new elements. “They must now provide the quality of grip on snow and ice, as well as a QR code,” recalls Goodyear.

But despite these new indications, and the vast amount of information accessible thanks to the QR code, the labels have not stopped growing.

Always more information

Tire wear and tire life in kilometers should also soon be shown on the labels. “The decision has already been made, but confirmation of the test methods will take years,” says Nokian Tires.

Future tires will therefore have to be even cleaner, by reducing their rolling resistance. “We have reduced this resistance by 8.5% since 2013,” says Nokian Tires.

But they will also have to be competitive in many other areas, including their lifespan, when this is indicated on the labels. For its part, Goodyear promises 25% increased mileage on its new EfficientGrip 2 range.

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by

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