EU Tyre Regulations Explained
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Run Flat Tyre Labelling Explained


In November 2012 new EU tyre regulations will be rolled out which will see every tyre sold in the EU sold with a ratings system, rating the tyre on its fuel consumption, stopping performance in wet weather and the external noise the tyre gives off when driving along the road.

The new regulations have been introduced to help customers work out the quality of the tyre they are buying, and to make them more aware of both the safety of their tyre and the environmental impact it is having.

The colour coded scales found on the tyres will not be unfamiliar to many, as they are already found on all washing machines, fridges, freezers and many televisions sold in the UK.

Each label will feature two scales for the fuel efficiency and the braking distances, and a number of decibels for the noise the tyre makes with a scale of black bars, with three being the loudest, and one being the quietest.

Wet Braking

The scale which is most likely to catch people's attention is the wet braking scale, which will have letters from A to G, but you will never see tyres ranked either D, as it would suggest they were average, or G. F is the worst a car can score for wet braking.

The scale is worked out based on the tyres braking performance in the wet from 50mph. Each band represents a 3m scale, so a tyre in the F range could take up to 18metres longer to stop than a tyre in the A range.

Rolling Resistance

Those interested in saving money will be interested in the rolling resistance scale, which again appears on the tyre with a scale from A to G. The scales represent an extra litre of fuel used over a journey over 625 miles, so a tyre in the A range could use 6 litres less than a tyre in the G range. Again you will not see any tyres marked with a D.

Tyre Noise

Tyres must now make less than 72 to 76 decibels, depending on the width of the tyre, and the noise will be displayed with a figure, accompanied by three curved bars. Three bars is the loudest, and one black bar would be the quietest.
Any tyre produced after 1st July 2012 must have a sticker with the ratings attached, and any tyre sold in the EU after November 2012 must also have a sticker on it.



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