EU TYRE LABELLING INFORMATION
Regulation (EC) No 1222/2009 on the labelling of tyres (amended by Regulation 228/2011 and Regulation 1235/2011) aims to provide end-users of vehicles with clear and relevant information about the quality of the tyre, and to guide them towards choosing a product which is more fuel efficient, has better wet braking and is less noisy.

TYRE LABELS EXPLAINED

Fuel Efficiency Class
Measured from G (least efficient) to A (most efficient) on a colour-coded scale. Rating ‘D’ is not used for passenger cars.

This may vary depending on vehicle and driving conditions, but the difference between a G and an A class for a complete set of tyres could reduce fuel consumption by up to 7.5%.

Wet Grip Class
Measured from G (longest braking distance) to A (shortest braking distance). Ratings ‘D’ and ‘G’ are not used for passenger cars.

A measure of the tyre’s braking ability on the road in wet conditions. The effect may vary depending on vehicle and driving conditions, but in the case of full braking, the difference between a G and an A class tyre (using a set of four identical tyres) could be up to 30% shorter braking distance (e.g. for a passenger car driving at 80 km/h, this could result in an 18m shorter braking distance).**.

Tyre External Rolling Noise Class
In addition to the noise measurement in decibels dB(A), a pictogram displays how the tyre’s external rolling noise performance compares to the future European mandatory limit value:.

3 black waves: Noisy, above the future European limit.

2 black waves: Moderate, between the future limit value and 3dB below

1 black wave: Quiet, more than 3dB below the future European limit.

(Note that the tyre’s external rolling noise measurement is not the same as interior vehicle noise)

**When measured according to the test methods set out in Regulation EC 1222/2009

For more information, please browse the below sources:

Question & answers for the Consumers
European Commission Website
Infinity Tyre Labels Matrix
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