By TT News| Apr 23, 2021

New EU Tyre Label Aims To Provide Additional Information From May 1st

The EU (European Union) is set to adopt regulation 2020/740, a new tyre labelling system that will be introduced in Europe from May 1. This gives consumers new information on tyre labels and requires tyre manufacturers to submit information to a database before tyres can be sold on the European market.

Global tyre company Hankook will equip all tyres launched in Europe with the new EU tyre label from the deadline onwards. In future, the regulation will apply not only to passenger car tyres (C1) but also to C2 (light trucks) and C3 tyres (trucks and buses). The new label is visually different from the current one, and also contains additional information about the tyre and restructures the label classes for rolling resistance and wet braking values: classes A to C continue to exist.

Class D, which was previously unfilled, will now be filled with the values of the previous class E for passenger cars and light trucks (C1 and C2). The previous classes F and G in turn are being merged into E. For C2 tyres, new rolling resistance limits for class D also apply.

For external rolling noise, and A to C rating will replace the existing sound waves. New additions are graphics depicting snow grip and ice grip. Although, spike tyres are not marked with the ice grip symbol. Similarly, C2 and C3 tyres have so far been excluded from this labelling requirement, as for these tyre classes there are no reliable, accurate and reproducible test methods or international standards yet.

  • New EU new tyre labelling regulation to include the name of the tyre manufacturer, a tyre type identifier, tyre size, and load and speed index from May 1, 2021
  •  Contains restructured label classes for rolling resistance, wet braking values and graphics depicting snow grip and ice grip.
  •  All Hankook tyres for the European market that are subject to the new scheme will carry the new EU label from May 1.

Additional information on the new EU tyre label will continue to consist of: the name of the tyre manufacturer, a tyre type identifier (ID), tyre size, and load and speed index. Also included is a QR code that leads to the EU product database where all tyre data for the label is stored. Consumers can use this to access a product information sheet. The same feature must be issued to consumers when buying tyres featuring the EU label.

From May 1 2021, tyres can carry both the old and the new label – depending on the date a tyre is placed on the European market: Tyres produced between June 25, 2020, and May 1, 2021, and in the market before May 1 must carry the old label, but it will remain valid after the deadline. However, there is no difference in construction and performance between a tyre with the new EU label, and the same tyre with the old label. (TT)

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