New Tyre Labelling Scheme comes into Force from May 1
In order to help consumers make informed decisions, the EU is introducing a new labelling scheme for tyres, which comes into force on May 1, 2021.
Thanks to the EU tyre label, EU consumers will be able to choose more fuel-efficient tyres, which can lead to great savings for both commercial and end users in terms of costs and emissions. Road safety is improved through better wet grip while information on noise levels help reduce traffic-related noise pollution.
The new label includes the same three classification as before. However, the classes in wet grip and fuel efficiency are renewed to be similar to those of other household appliances. The empty classes are removed, and the scale is from A to E. In addition, there is a new way of marking noise class with letters from A to C, but the decibel level remains as earlier. On the top of existing criteria, the new label introduces Snow Grip Marking as well as Ice Grip Marking.
The new label includes a QR code that can be scanned to see more information about the tyre in the European Product Registry for Energy Labelling (EPREL). The tyre label is also available for download and print out in EPREL.
Via the QR code displayed on the new EU tyre label, consumers will be able to access the corresponding tyre information and download the relevant information.
• Consumers will be able to search the product database for energy labels and product information sheets. Suppliers (manufacturers, importers or authorised representatives) need to register their tyres before selling them on the European market.
• Consumers will be able to access the EPREL database from 1st May 2021. The database will be accessible through a public web portal.
Please be aware that from 1st May 2021 the previous label will coexist with the revised one, since the new label will be mandatory only for the new tyres placed in the market from 1st May 2021.
There is no obligation to relabel tyres that have been placed on the market before 1 May 2021. However, from 1 December 2021, NO tyres in the scope of the Regulation 2020/740 may be placed on the market with the old tyre label, irrespective of the production date.
If you have any queries about the new tyre label please ask a member of staff at Modern Tyres.
European Tyre & Rubber Manufacturer's Association