EU Tyre Labeling Regulation (29/05/2012)


In 2012 the European Union will introduce a new tyre label, in order to provide standardized information on 3 specific performance; fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise. Tyre labeling for passenger cars and light trucks will take effect as from November 2012 for tyres on sales in the EU under European Regulation (EC) No.1222/2009. The label must be accompanied on the actual tyre and will give consumers useful information to assist them when purchasing new tyres.

VEE RUBBER welcome the introduction of the tire labeling system which will provide useful purchase information for consumers who buy new tires, to help them when choosing new tyres by providing standardized information on FUEL EFFICIENCY, WET GRIP and EXTERNAL NOISE. For all tyres “produced after June 2012” and “on sales in the EU from November 2012” will either need to bear a sticker or be accompanied by a label to be displayed at the point of sales.Here below you can find an example of the new EU tyre label. More information you could find on :



Rolling resistance is one of the main resistive forces on a vehicle, which acts as an opposite force to the direction in which the tyre is rolling. The rolling tyre deforms and dissipates energy. The tyre whose rolling resistance is greater, requires more fuel to move the vehicle forward. Therefore rolling resistance influences fuel consumption and the environment directly. On the top left of the label, this shows 7 classes which range from A (most efficient ) to G (least efficient), the category D is not used here, the grading indicates the tyre’s contribution to fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.

Class PCR (C1) LTR (C2) TBR (C3)
A RRC ≤ 6.5 RRC ≤ 5.5 RRC ≤ 4.0
B 6.6 ≤ RRC ≤ 7.7 5.6 ≤ RRC ≤ 6.7 4.1 ≤ RRC ≤ 5.0
C 7.8 ≤ RRC ≤ 9.0 6.8 ≤ RRC ≤ 8.0 5.1 ≤ RRC ≤ 6.0
D empty empty 6.1 ≤ RRC ≤ 7.0
E 9.1 ≤ RRC ≤ 10.5 8.1 ≤ RRC ≤ 9.2 7.1 ≤ RRC ≤ 8.0
F 10.6 ≤ RRC ≤ 12.0 9.3 ≤ RRC ≤ 10.5 8.1 ≤ RRC
G 12.1 ≤ RRC 10.6 ≤ RRC empty


Wet grip is one of the most important safety aspects of a tyre. The tyres with excellent grip in wet surfaces have shorter braking distance when driving in rainy weather. There are other important parameters which are also related to safety. However, consumers will be able to check and select for themselves their preferred performance. On the top right of the label, wet grip is also expressed in classes ranging from A (highest performance) to G (lowest performance).

Class PCR (C1) LTR (C2) TBR (C3)
A 1.55 ≤ G 1.40 ≤ G 1.25 ≤ G
B 1.40 ≤ G ≤ 1.54 1.25 ≤ G ≤ 1.39 1.10 ≤ G ≤ 1.24
C 1.25 ≤ G ≤ 1.39 1.10 ≤ G ≤ 1.24 0.95 ≤ G ≤ 1.09
D Empty Empty 0.80 ≤ G ≤ 0.94
E 1.10 ≤ G ≤ 1.24 0.95 ≤ G ≤ 1.09 0.65 ≤ G ≤ 0.79
F G ≤ 1.09 G ≤ 0.94 G ≤ 0.64
G Empty Empty Empty


Traffic noise is a major factor of nuisance and a very relevant environmental issue. On the lower part of the label, this indicates the level of exterior tyre noise from the vehicle.
The exterior noise levels are measured in decibel (dB) and are indicated in three categories (refer to the black bars on the left). More black bars mean that the tires create more road noise.

The label displays sound waves and corresponding levels ranging from 1 (least noise) to 3 (highest noise)

  • 1 sound wave The best noise level performance. (3 dB below the future European limit*)
  • 2 sound waves The average performance. (Already compliant with the future European limit*)
  • 3 sound waves The weakest performance. (Compliant with the current European limit)