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Understanding The New Tyre Legislation
As from 1st November 2012 the new Tyre Labelling Legislation came into force. From the
1st July 2012 Tyre Manufacturers and Tyre Retailers in the EU will now have to provide and
display tyre labels on all new car, 4x4, SUV, van and truck tyres made from this date.
Regulation does not require all tyres made before this date to display labels although some
older style labels may exist still. This welcome legislation will now enable the consumer to
make informed decisions based upon the performance and efficiency between budget,
mid range and premium tyre ranges before purchasing them.
Tyre Labels Explained
Fuel Efficiency / Rolling Resistence
As car tyres roll they deform and dissipate energy. This lost energy is
known as rolling resistence which impacts on the fuel efficiency of your
car. The lower a tyres rolling resistence the less fuel your car will use.
The new label system on tyres informs the consumer at what level the rolling resistence is, generally
the lower the grade (A) the more efficient the tyre is, with the highest (G) being the least efficient.
This equates to 7.5% loss of fuel economy
between band A and G based on a full set
of tyres fitted to the car.
THINK! By upgrading one tyre by one grade you could saving up to 19 litres of fuel per
tyre on an average mileage of 12,000 miles. Each tyre label upgrade saves 19+ litres
of petrol so by fittting A graded tyres your fuel savings could be six times the amount.
Wet Grip
With all the different tyres available how do you decide which brands will perform well in wet and
slippery conditions? The new Wet Grip Labels can now help you make a better decision when
buying your new tyres.
The new grading is measured from 'A' being the best to 'G' which is the worst in class with each
grade representing 3m in shorter braking distance.
A full set of 'A' graded tyres fitted to your car could shorten your braking distance by at least 18m*
when braking from 50mph.
(shorter braking distance by up to 18 metres)
(*Tested to regulation EC 1235/2011)
External Rolling Noise
As you travel along the road your tyres generate noise, some brands are however better than others.
To help you make a better decision when purchasing your next tyres the new noise emission label
will provide the noise emission ratings for that brand of tyre. To measure the noise levels tyre
manufacturers use sound waves from which a decibel reading is taken, the lower the number the
quieter the tyre, the higher the number the noisier the tyre.
The new noise rating label
tells the buyer how the tyre
performs in line with future
compulsory European
3db below the
future EU limit
meets future
EU limit
above future
EU limit
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