Tyre Efficiency Ratings

Tyre Efficiency Labelling Information

image: fuel efficiency A image: wet efficiency G image: noise efficiency 69 decibels

If you require the tyre efficiency for a specific tyre and can not see it, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The European Commission has adopted a Regulation on the labelling of tyres which aims to provide end-users of vehicles with clear and relevant information about the quality of the tyre, and to guide them towards choosing a product which is more fuel efficient, has better wet braking and is less noisy. This came into effect on 1st November 2012 for car, van, and truck tyres manufactured from 1st July 2012 onwards.

The exceptions to tyre labelling are racing tyres, remoulds, part-worn’s, temporary tyres, tyres designed to be fitted only to vehicles registered for the first time before 1 October 1990, anything under 10" rim diameter, anything above 25" rim diameter, or anything whose speed rating is under 80km/h.

Label energy values explained:-Fuel efficiency
A tyre which is more fuel efficient helps reduce your driving costs and CO2 emissions. There are seven categories, from A, the most efficient which means you will use the least amount of fuel for your journey, to G, the least fuel efficient. Choosing A-rated tyres over G-rated tyres could reduce your fuel consumption by 7.5%*

Wet braking performance
Wet braking performance is critical to your road safety as it affects how quickly you will be able to stop in wet conditions. There are seven classes. An A-rated tyre provides the shortest braking distances on wet roads whereas a G-rated tyre will have the longest braking distance in the wet. Driving on four A-rated tyres at 50mph can help you stop up to 18m* shorter than if you were driving on four G-rated tyres.

Exterior noise emission
This is the amount of noise made by a tyre when it rolls along the road surface. The external noise generated from the tyre when the car is travelling at 50mph. The noise is expressed in decibels (dB). There’s also a symbol that looks a little like a wifi sign. One black arc means the tyre will be compliant with future legal limits, three black arcs represents the weakest performance and sits somewhere between the current maximum and forthcoming lower limits. The tyre’s exterior noise emission is shown by a decibel chart. 76db produces the most amount of noise on the scale. 65db indicates the tyre emits the lowest level of noise on the scale.

Exceptions These regulations will apply to most tyres but some types of tyre for cars, light commercial vehicles and trucks are excluded, including:

  • Retreads
  • Temporary tyres and space saver spare tyres
  • Professional off-road or racing tyres
  • Studded tyres – if the studs are fitted
  • Tyres intended for cars registered before 1 October 1990
  • Tyres with a speed rating of less than 50mph
  • Tyres with a rim diameter of less than 254mm or more than 635mm


(Source: European Commission impact assessment SEC (2008) 2860). * When measured according to the test methods set out in Regulation EC 1222/2009

European commission on Tyre Labelling’:- http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/tyres/labelling_en.htm
Tyre labelling regulations explained in detail:- http://www.ntda.co.uk/images/TyreLabelling.pdf
Tyre labelling guide with video:- http://www.tyresafe.org/tyre-safety/tyre-labelling-information
Link to Tyre Catalogue – for energy comparisons’:- www.tyreintelligence.co.uk

Actual fuel savings and road safety depend heavily on the behaviour of drivers, and in particular the following:-
• Eco-driving can significantly reduce fuel consumption.
• Tyre pressure should be regularly checked to optimise wet grip and fuel efficiency performance.
• Stopping distances should always be strictly respected.

We sell car tyres as 'new' if they are no older than two years.

Within this time span, there are labelled (manufactured after 01/07/2012) and unlabelled (manufactured before 01/07/2012) tyres with the same item number by the same manufacturer available for purchase.

Tyres of the same item number can be combined onto one axle of a vehicle, regardless of whether or not they have a label, as they have identical efficiency classes. Each respective manufacturer provides us with a verification of this.

We are sent the efficiency class values for each tyre from the manufacturer along with the item number or the IP Code and we pass these directly on to the customer regardless of production date, unless the item is older than 2 years.

We would like to point out explicitly that you may receive an item with this item number that does not have a tyre label attached to it as it was manufactured prior to 01/07/2012.

In this case, the following performance classes are valid:

Roll resistance: G, Wet grip: C, Noise emissions: 68 dB.


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