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From November 2012, a standard label for vehicle tyres is mandatory throughout Europe: based on three criteria, the EU tyre label provides information on the environmental and safety characteristics of a tyre with the aim of increasing road safety and reducing pollution.

While there is no specific ecodesign measure for tyres, there is type-approval legislation (i.e. Regulation 661/2009 on general safety of motor vehicles), which sets minimum requirements on tyres' fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise.

Tyre labels help consumers choose a product that is more fuel efficient, has better wet braking and is less noisy. New tyres come with an energy label showing their energy efficiency class, ranging from efficiency class A (most efficient) to G (least efficient).

How to read the label?

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Secure grip in wet conditions is crucial for safe driving. Performance is graded into classes, A to G (although D and G are not currently used). The stopping distance between a class A tyre and a class F tyre can be as much as 18 metres.

Fuel efficiency

Reduced rolling resistance saves fuel and cuts CO2 emissions. Class A tyres deliver the best fuel efficiency, with each subsequent class through to G increasing fuel consumption by between 0.42 and 0.56 mpg for a car which does 36 mpg.


This is the external noise made by the tire and is measured in decibels.
The more filled bars shown on the label, the louder the tires.

Actual fuel savings and road safety depend heavily on the behaviour of the drivers, and in particular the following:
  • eco-driving can significantly reduce fuel consumption,
  • tyre pressure should be regularly checked to optimise wet grip and fuel efficiency performance,
  • stopping distances should always be strictly respected. 

Further information:

Tyre label theme on the official EU Commission website.