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EU’s new tyre label comes into effect in May 2021

EU’s new tyre label comes into effect in May 2021

The renewal of the EU tyre label will enter into force in May 2021. The tyre label will now include information concerning grip on snow and ice. The purpose of the tyre label is to guide consumers toward tires that are more fuel-efficient, safer, and quieter. Till now, drivers have had no way of distinguishing between winter tyres designed for different conditions. The European Union has now agreed that the labels indicating energy consumption and characteristics will be updated. The new labels make it easier to compare tyre models and help online shoppers.

According to the earlier regulation, all passenger car and van tyres must have a sticker that indicates the tyre’s wet grip, rolling noise, and impact on fuel consumption. No stickers have been required for truck tyres, but the information must have been available. In Central Europe, wet and snow grip are crucial for winter driving safety, while in the Nordics ice grip is more important. So far, no requirement for a label indicating these two has existed.

“Earlier, the information on the tire label was misleading to Nordic winter tire customers, whereas in Central Europe the dilemma was not so grave. The new ice grip marking will distinguish tires that are suitable for Nordic countries from other winter tires. The snow grip marking will be allowed to tires with snow performance high enough for Central European winter,” says Jarmo Sunnari, Manager of Standards, Regulations and Approvals for Nokian Tyres.

“The largest problem so far has been that not all tires marketed as winter tires are suitable for all winter conditions. Tires designed for Central European winter are completely different from Nordic winter tires. Wet grip and ice grip are mutually exclusive characteristics; the consumer may end up purchasing the wrong tires if the information on the label is not right,” Sunnari says.

The ice grip marking will initially only be used for passenger car tyres, whereas the snow grip marking is available also for minivans, light truck, truck and bus tyres. The markings are based on international standards and regulations. Ice grip test is currently undergoing standardization at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and snow grip is referring to the United Nations ECE regulations.

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