The EU Label

Making sense of the legal tyre directives

How to make sense of the legal tyre directives


THE EUROPEAN TYRE LABEL


On 1st November 2012, EU regulation on the labelling of tyres became a legal requirement for both manufacturers and retailers of tyres. The label, which is displayed at the point of sale, provides information on fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise through clear pictograms. The label allows consumers to make informed choices when buying tyres, with performance ranked on a scale from A (best) to G (worst).

FUEL EFFICIENCY


The energy lost when a tyre is rolling is known as rolling resistance. A lower rolling resistance reduces fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. The highest-performing tyre is A, with G having the worst performance. The difference in fuel consumption between a car fitted with A and G class tyres is around 0.5 litres per 100km.

WET GRIP


This provides you with details of the tyre’s grip on wet roads. A tyre with excellent grip has a shorter stopping distance on wet roads. The highest performing tyre is A, with G having the worst performance. The difference in wet braking distance between a car fitted with A and G class tyres is over 10 metres, which is equivalent to 2 car lengths.

EXTERIOR NOISE


A tyre’s exterior noise rating is expressed in decibels (dB). One black wave signifies the best noise level, at least 3dB below the legal limit. Three black waves indicates the poorest performance. The noise level refers to the noise of the tyre from outside the vehicle while rolling with the engine turned off.

SPEND £99 OR MORE AND ENJOY 0% INTEREST FOR 4-MONTHS ON YOUR PURCHASE

Need your tyres replacing, but don’t fancy spending all your cash in one go? If so, then we can help you spread the cost, covering spends over £99. Choose PayPal Credit at checkout and get 0% interest for 4-months!
Representative Example
Representative 19.9% APR (variable)
Purchase rate 19.9% p.a (variable)
Assumed credit limit £1,200
Halfords Autocentres Limited (Tyres on the Drive) is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) for the purposes of credit broking. Ref 755309.
Registered office: lcknield Street Drive, Washford West, Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 ODE United Kingdom. Company number: 04050548.

Terms and Conditions apply. Credit subject to status. UK residents only.

Credit is provided by PayPal Credit, a trading name of PayPal (Europe) S.à r.l. et Cie, S.C.A. Société en Commandite par Actions Registered Office: 22-24 Boulevard Royal L-2449, Luxembourg RCS Luxembourg B 118 349.