EU labelling explained

EU implemented in 2012 tire labelling requirements regarding the display of information on the fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise of tires. (Regulation (EC) 1222/2009 with amendments (EC) 228/2011 and (EC) 1235/2011) . Its aim was to increase the safety,the environmental and economic efficiency of road transport in Europe.
The labelling will allow end-users to make more informed choices when purchasing tires. The current labelling has now been in operation for 8 years and has been reviewed from several angles
To further enhance the tires safety and environmental information to the public, the regulation (EC) 1222/2009 will be replaced with upgraded regulation (EU) 2020/740.
This regulation will start to apply as of 1 May 2021

The main upgrades can be summarized:

  • The label layout will follow EU standard ECO labelling schemes
  • Public access to Label and Product Information Sheet via QR code added to label
  • Reorganisation of label classes.
  • Only classes A-E will become available
  • Introduction of Snow grip symbol on label (3PMSF)
  • Label will be added to Truck tires (was not required before)
  • Introduction of Ice grip symbol on Label (only for passenger tires)



    All tires that are placed on EU market as of 20 June 2020, will have to be registered in the EU Ecodesign/labelling portal (EPREL). The public will from 1 May 2021 have access, via this EU portal, to information about all tires placed on EU market. Beside access to the digital label itself, a product information sheet can be accessed.

    We at Giti welcome this upgraded labelling system, we are convinced it will guide our customers towards using safer, quieter and more fuel-efficient tires. Our Research and Development Team have taken great care in designing tires that meet the highest safety and environmental standards and we are confident it will satisfy our customers.




    What does the label inform about?

    The tire label informs details of the manufacturer, internal product code, tire size description and tire class.

    It grades 5 Performance criteria:

    • Fuel efficiency
    • Fuel efficiency
    • Wet Grip
    • Exterior noise from contact to the road surface
    • Snow grip
    • Ice grip

    For Fuel Efficiency and Wet Grip, the performance is expressed in 5 classes ranging from A (the most efficient) to E (the least efficient). For noise, the measured value is present on the label together with the letters A, B, C (A is lowest noise rating and C is the highest noise rating).




    Fuel efficiency

    Fuel consumption is influenced by the rolling resistance of the tires caused by tire deformation when rotating, resulting in energy losses in the form of heat. The higher the deformation, the higher the tire rolling resistance and consequently the more fuel is required to move the vehicle forward. In other words, lower rolling resistance means lower fuel consumption and therefore lower vehicle emissions, including CO2. The label display different grades in “rolling resistance” where A is the most “fuel efficient” and E the least efficient in class.
    The black arrow next to the grading indicates the performance level of the product. Customers should be made aware that the actual fuel savings and road safety depend heavily on the behaviour of drivers, in particular the following: eco-driving can significantly reduce fuel consumption; the tire pressure needs to be correct and regularly checked for optimum fuel efficiency.




    Wet Grip

    The most important role of a tire is to provide safety - in all weather conditions.
    Wet traction or grip is one of the most important performance characteristics of any tire.

    There is typically a performance trade-off when combining noise, fuel efficiency and safety performances like wet grip.
    The labelling will allow customers to prioritise for themselves their preferred performances.

    The label will display a range of 5 grades where tires with an “A” provide the highest levels of wet grip and “E” the lowest.




    Exterior noise

    Exterior tire noise levels are split into 3 categories and measured in decibel (dB) in comparison with the EU Regulative noise levels (ECE117).

    A = 3dB less than the current EU limit value for this product
    B = Compliant with the current EU limit value for this product.
    C = Non-compliant with the current EU limit value for this product.




    Snow grip

    When the label has the 3PMSF symbol, it shows that the tire has passed a regulated objective test, indicating it has min. 25% better snow traction than a so called SRTT tire. (Standard Reference Test Tire)




    Ice Grip

    When the label has the Ice Grip symbol, it shows that the tyre has passed a regulated objective test, indicating it has min ISO standard grip level.
    This test method and label will be introduced at a later stage
    When the label has the 3PMSF symbol, it shows that the tire has passed a regulated objective test, indicating it has min. 25% better snow traction than a so called SRTT tire. (Standard Reference Test Tire)