New tyre labelling to be introduced from May

Updated tyre labeling system seeks to highlight efficiency and performance

New tyre labelling to be introduced from May
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A new tyre labeling system designed to help motorists understand how well tyres perform, especially for fuel efficiency and grip in the wet, is to be introduced on 1 May 2021.

Tyre label ratings will be made available to retailers through their computers and they will be obliged to provide the information to customers.

The information is drawn from a European database holding the ratings of every tyre on sale, which will be made accessible to the public.

The change follows concerns that vehicle owners are not aware of the significant differences between the highest and lowest rated tyres displayed on the outgoing label.

According to a survey of the European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association and Lizeo Group, just one per cent of tyres in the market are ‘A’ rated for both efficiency and wet grip.

While other factors influence the low number of the best performing tyres being sold, awareness of the ratings is a primary concern.

Previously, the label was fixed to each tyre.

However, the customer visiting an outlet rarely saw it because the tyres were typically taken from the stock room and fitted straight to the vehicle while the customer waits in reception.

If the label and the tyre options weren’t discussed before the customer made their selection, there’s a high probability they would have left without seeing a label at all.

Equally, retailers may not have had easy access on their computers to the labels to pass on this information.

Stuart Jackson, TyreSafe chair, said: “The key point of tyre labelling is to help those choosing a tyre to make an informed decision.

“There is concern that owners typically only consider cost and don’t appreciate there may be tyres that are more suitable and offer better value but perhaps at a higher price.

“It’s in the interest of vehicle owners to make themselves aware of the information contained on the new tyre label to cut costs in fuel, as well as improve their safety.”

Inevitably, there will be an ‘interim’ period before the old label completely disappears.

All tyres in stockrooms will have the old label applied to them and until these have been sold and replaced customers may still see the old label.

What’s different about the new tyre label?

The number of ratings has dropped to five, in-line with other consumer products such as domestic appliances: ‘A’ being the best, ‘E’ being the worst.

If the tyre is classified as suitable for use on snow, it will have the Alpine peaks symbol.

A symbol for tyres classified as suitable for ice (known as ‘Nordic tyres’) is also available.

What’s staying the same?

A tyre’s fuel efficiency, braking performance in the wet and the amount of road noise it generates remain the core information of the label and a rating is provided for each performance measure.

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    A new tyre labeling system designed to help motorists understand how well tyres perform, especially for fuel efficiency and grip in the wet, is to be
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    #211590 Reply

    Still going to be

    “ I have no money, just fit the cheapest one you have”

    So not going to matter.

    Or the car will be a 1975 ford capri with limited choice

    #211595 Reply
    Andrew White

    So your telling me reducing the numbers of bars from 7 to 5 is going to make all the difference. What another joke for the motor trade.
    Even better idea, just remove budget tyres from the equation and keep more cars on the road, other road users and pedestrians safer. Budget tyres should be banned the same as remoulds on trucks.

    #212044 Reply
    William Anderson

    Gone are the days when I would consider all aspects of tyre choice. Now with our roads in the present condition, with unbelievably deep potholes; driving in the dark, particularly when raining, is a nightmare. I run 3 cars, and fit mid-range tyres and drive accordingly. Moreover the CC highways, actually admit to using top dressing of unusually large and sharp edge material, and also admit that they rely on the traffic to bed down. Broken windscreens and chipped paintwork abound.

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