EU tyre labels: explained

Under EU law, all tyres must feature an EU tyre label. This label shows important safety and environmental information related to the specific tyre, detailing the tyre's wet grip; fuel efficiency and noise ratings.


Fuel efficiency

Did you know tyres can impact your car's fuel economy? In fact, tyres can account for up to 20 percent of fuel consumption. Buying a set of fuel efficient tyres should save you money - and minimise CO2 emissions.


The fuel efficiency ratings:

On the EU tyre label you'll see a colour coded chart, running from A to G.


A - green - most fuel efficient

G - red - least fuel efficient


Note that 'D' is not featured on passenger car tyre labels.


How much will fuel efficiency tyres save me?

While many factors impact fuel efficiency, if you choose a set of A-rated tyres, you might save hundreds of pounds over the lifetime of the tyres.

Note that fuel efficiency is also impacted by under-inflated tyres; your car's weight; and your style of driving, among other factors.


Wet grip

A set of tyres with a high wet-grip rating will stop faster than tyres with a low wet-grip rating.

'Wet grip' is synonymous with wet braking performance.

Wet grip is rated on a scale from A to F:


A - most effective at stopping quickly in the wet

F - least effective at stopping quickly in the wet


Stopping distances can be greatly impacted by the type of tyres on your car.

Note: You should be aware of and adhere to the recommended stopping distances.


Noise rating

This relates to how much noise your tyres make on the road.

The decibels emitted by a tyre is denoted by a loudspeaker icons - the more waves, the louder the tyres.


1 black wave: Quiet (3 decibels or more below the European limit)

2 black waves: Moderate (between the European limit and 3 decibels below)

3 black waves: Noisy (above the European limit)


Choosing a quiet tyre will contribute to quieter towns and cities.


What about tyre labelling after Brexit?

It is not clear how tyre labelling will be impacted in the UK post-Brexit. However, all tyres made for the EU market will continue to require EU labelling.