Tyre Labelling

Why Regulate Tyre Labelling?

  • Tyres make an important contribution to road safety and to the environmental impact of road transport. However, all tyres don't offer the same performance.
  • The Regulation has enabled consumers to make more informed choices when buying tyres. The EU's targeted outcome is that road safety will improve and the environmental impact of road transport will be reduced.

What does the regulation introduce?

  • Tyres are graded according to wet grip, fuel efficiency and external noise. This information is presented to the consumer on the now familiar EU style energy efficiency label allowing for quick product comparison.

What does the label mean in practical terms?


7.5% loss of fuel economy between best and worst class for a full set of tyres fitted to an average car,this impact is increased significantly for trucks.



30% improved braking distance between the best and the worst in class full set of tyres fitted to an average car – this equates to 18 metres when braking from 50 mph.



3 black bars: above EU limit.
2 black bars: meets EU limit.
1 black bar: at least 3 dB below the EU limit.


Under new European Regulation (EC) No. 1222/2009,all new tyres for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles produced for sale in Europe will require a performance label for consumers to view and compare before purchase.

Each tyre manufacturer will be responsible for testing their own products using a strict set of guidelines under regulation and monitoring from their respective EU member state. As a consumer, you will now have a much clearer understanding of the products you are purchasing and be able to confidently compare tyres before purchase.

The Tyre Label Information for all Passenger Car / 4x4 / Van and Truck, that is supplied by R H Claydon can be found on our products page, and all our Invoices where applicable.