All tires sold in the European Union are subject to mandatory tire labelling. A new EU tire labelling scheme – effective from May 1, 2021 – provides more comprehensive information about selected tires and also covers heavy-duty vehicle tires. It provides objective, reliable and comparable information based on three important tire performance characteristics: rolling resistance – and thus fuel efficiency –, wet grip and external rolling noise. Additional pictograms indicate the tire's suitability for severe snow conditions (3PMSF symbol) and/or its grip in icy conditions, although the latter applies to passenger car tires only.
The new labelling scheme covers passenger car, bus and truck tires. For further details on the new EU tire labelling regulation please visit the official EU Commission website.
Understanding the EU label and its pictograms helps drivers or fleet managers to make informed decisions about tire-related road safety, lower CO2 emissions, and greater fuel economy.
Please note that fuel savings and road safety are largely dependent on road and weather conditions, the vehicle type, and, in particular, the style of driving.