As of 1 November 2012, all passenger tyres sold in the European Union must be labelled with an official EU tyre label. This label contains information about three important criteria that form the basis for evaluating tyre performance: wet grip, fuel efficiency and exterior noise.
Since leaving the EU, the UK still follows the EU tyre labelling rules which were updated from May 2021.
New tyre labelling rules apply from 1 May 2021
New EU rules on the energy labelling of road tyres, highlighting primarily the fuel efficiency, safety and noise performance of new tyres, start to apply at consumer level from 1 May 2021. Updating the label first introduced for car and van tyres in 2012, the new rules require that tyres for buses and lorries must now be labelled – and offer a new pictogram, where relevant, to highlight tyres suitable for use in snow or in extreme, icy conditions. The label follows the successful colour-coded classification system used for household machines, such as dishwashers and refrigerators, with 5 different classes available for rolling resistance and for braking in the wet (adjusted from the previous scale of 6 classes). It also covers 2 categories for external noise, with an indication of the value in decibels (dB).