New labels on tires from May

From next May, consumers will be better informed when choosing new tires for their cars, as there will be a new label that will mention parameters such as fuel economy, wet grip and rolling noise.

The purpose of the regulation is to make labels clearer and to provide consumers with more information so that they can choose safer and more energy-efficient and less noisy tires. Icons for snow and ice traction will be added and the design of the label will be updated.

Noise efficiency will be indicated by the number of decibels and the letters A, B or C. Consumers will have access to additional information on the tires they choose, through an EU database, having first scanned a QR code in tag.

Another feature of the new label concerns 2 visual symbols, which will indicate if it is a tire with snow grip, which meets the EU approval standards, also known as “snowflake” tests. And even if it is a tire with ice adhesion, without metal nails, which meets the new ISO relevant standards. In addition, the new tire label will have information available for heavy duty commercial vehicle tires (Class C3).

In the new label, categories A to C remain the same. For the C1 and C2 tires, which relate to cars and vans respectively, those that were previously in category E, for rolling resistance and access to the wet, will now be included in category D, which was empty. Those that were previously in categories F and G will be included in category E. This will make the labels easier to understand.

Consumers can get more information about each tire by scanning a QR code in the upper right corner of the label. The QR code will provide a web link to the EPREL (European Register of Energy Marking Products) database, which will contain the product information sheet. This includes all the label ratings for the particular tire, as well as the start and end of production of the respective model.

The new EU tire label is designed to help consumers choose tires that contribute to fuel economy and, at the same time, receive information on braking distances. For consumers and traders, choosing tires with lower rolling resistance can lead to significant fuel cost savings as well as reduced emissions.

Clear information on wet grip will help improve traffic safety, while information on rolling tire noise is designed to help reduce road traffic noise. .

Retreaded tires are also covered by the scope of the regulation as much as any other tires. The requirements for retreaded tires will be applied once an appropriate test method is available to measure the performance of these tires.

The regulation also contains provisions for the addition of parameters on mileage expectancy and wear resistance when appropriate test methods become available. This is expected to help reduce the amount of microplastics that end up in the environment due to tire wear. In the future, truck and bus tires should also be labeled.

The tire labeling system aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution in the transport sector and increase road safety. It will enable consumers to have more relevant and comparable information on fuel economy, safety and noise and to make cost-effective and environmentally friendly decisions when purchasing new tires.

Tires, especially due to rolling resistance, are responsible for 20 to 30% of vehicle fuel consumption. Reducing their rolling resistance will therefore help reduce emissions, while offering consumers savings thanks to lower fuel consumption.

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