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What’s new about the tyre regulations?
There is some newly designed information to find on the updated version of the EU tyre label. Here’s the new design of the EU tyre label explained in a nutshell:
The inclusion of a QR code provides easy access to product details in the public part of the EU product database. The code can be scanned and grants access to product information sheets and european tyre labels.
Each tyre product must identify through a unique tyre designation.
There are two new options for including an additional icon. The snow tyre icon shows, if a tyre is suitable for severe snow conditions. It bears a three-peak mountain snowflake symbol (3PMSF) that is incorporated in the sidewall of such tyres. The pictogram is granted by measuring the braking distance of a car from 25 mph on compacted snow or by measuring the traction force of a tyre. For a truck, the pictogram is granted by measuring the acceleration performance of a tyre. Snow grip performance in general is tested in accordance with Annex 7 to UNECE Regulation No 117. The regulation describes in detail such factors as test surface, air temperature, testing vehicle, load, pressure, speed, and many more.
The second new icon features a symbol of an ice stalagmite and indicates that a tyre provides a shorter braking distance on ice covered roads in winter. Information on ice grip performance will be based on the ISO standard (ISO 19447), which is expected to be published in July 2021. For tyres meeting the technical requirements, the ice grip pictogram will be included on the new EU tyre label of a C1 tyre (passenger car tyre), which satisfies the minimum ice grip index values set out in that ISO standard. The pictogram is granted by measuring the braking distance of a car from 20mph on pure ice. The standards for C2 and C3 tyres are still to be defined.
Goodyear fully supports these revisions of the Tyre Labeling Regulation and is happy to provide its customers with more relevant information on tyre parameters when making a tyre purchase. We are firm believers that it is our mission to promote tyres with the best safety for consumers, which are fuel saving and stand for environmental protection throughout the whole tyre industry. Our experts will gladly advise you for the most perfect fit of tyres for your car and needs!
Introduced in 2012, the tire label provides consumers across Europe with essential information on fuel efficiency, safety, and noise by detailing the tires’ rolling resistance, wet grip, and external rolling noise. By using this common scale, the aim of the EU tire label is to make it easier for consumers to make an informed choice when buying new tires. As of the 1stof May 2021, the revised tire label will come into effect.
With the revised tire label regulation, the European Commission aims to increase safety as well as economic and environmental efficiency of road transport by promoting fuel‐efficient, safe tires with low noise levels. The new label also includes new information for consumers indicating if a tire is suitable for use in severe snow conditions or in extreme ice conditions.
Goodyear supports revisions of the Tire Labeling Regulation and is committed to fulfilling all obligations regarding its implementation. We believe that the new EU tire label will allow consumers to obtain more relevant and comparable information on tire parameters and empower end-users to make an informed choice when purchasing new tires. It will also help promote tires which provide the best safety and environmental performances. Furthermore, the European Product Database for Energy Labelling (EPREL) with registrations of all tires available in the EU will contribute to improving the information flow between tire manufacturers and authorities, and ultimately enhance market surveillance.
The new tire label regulation will apply from May 1, 2021. Until then, the current tire label remains in use.
The new tire label regulation applies only to new passenger car tires (C1 tires), light commercial vehicle tires (C2 tires) and heavy vehicle tires (C3 tires).
The new tire label regulation applies only to new passenger car tires (C1 tires), light commercial vehicle tires (C2 tires) and heavy vehicle tires (C3 tires). The following categories are currently excluded from the scope of the new regulation: retreadedtires, off-roadtires, racingtires, studdedtires, temporary use sparetires, tires designed to be fitted on vehicles registered for the first time before 1 October 1990, tires whose speed rating is less than 80 km/h, tires whose nominal rim diameter does not exceed 254 mm or is 635 mm or more.
All C1, C2 and C3 tires produced from the 1stof May 2021 and necessarily placed on the market after this date must bear the new label. However, there is no obligation for dealers to relabel tires that are on stock after the 1stof May if these tires were placed on the market before that date, so before the new tire label regulation came into effect. In other words, tires placed on the market prior to the 1stof May can remain with the old label until they are sold. Therefore, both the old and the new label may be found on tires at sales points even after the 1stof May 2021, depending on the date of placing these tires on the market.
Tire manufactures have the choice of either putting a sticker on the tire tread or including a printed label with each delivery of batch of identical tires to the dealer. Goodyear will ensure that all tires delivered to tire dealers will bear stickers with the label. For all tires, the label information must also be included on the manufacturer’s web pages, brochures and technical promotional documentation given to the buyer.Tire manufacturers must also enter the information required by the new tire label regulation into the product database (EPREL) before placing a tire on the market from the 1stof May 2021.
EPREL is the European Product Database for Energy Labelling which was set up to provide important energy efficiency information to consumers. Its purpose is to enhance market surveillance activities and enforcement in the EU. It is a legal requirement for suppliers (manufacturers, importers or authorized representatives) of products covered by the EU Energy Labelling Regulations (e.g. household appliances) to upload information about their products into the database before placing these products on the market in the EU. According to the new tire label regulation, tire manufacturers will also need to enter the information into the product database before placing a tire on the EU market from the 1stof May 2021.
The label provides basic information on threeessential aspects of a tire’s performance (fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise) to help consumers make an informed choice. However, the label does not cover all parameters related to the overall performance of a tire. By comparison, independent surveys carried out by automotive magazines cover on average fifteenaspects of tire performance, while Goodyear analyses over fiftycriteria, including aquaplaning resistance, dry handling, dry braking, high speed stability, milage and many more. Therefore, the label cannot replace quality testing byspecialized laboratories or information provided by manufacturers and others, which use a wider range of criteria to assess tire performance.