What does the new EU tyre labelling legislation mean for motorists


From tomorrow you will be able to tell straight away which tyres will help you save fuel. Every new tyre has to come with a new easy-to-read label displaying information on three essential aspects of the performance of a tyre: fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise.

By way of clear and easy-to-understand pictograms the label will help you make informed choices when buying tyres. Similar to the well-known energy label for household appliances it ranks product performance on a scale from G (bad) to A (best)

As tyres account for 20 % to 30 % of the fuel consumption of vehicles, choosing a tyre rated ‘A’ for its energy efficiency can help you make fuel cost savings in the range of €170-€230 per year compared to the least performing model. When taking into account the higher price of ‘A’ class tyres compared to ‘G’ class (€240-€320 for a set of four) break-even point is reached in the course of the second year following your purchase, i.e. well before the end of life of high-quality tyres.

31st October, 2012



Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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