EU updates tire labels
Europe has updated its tire labels for a clearer alternative to help clients opt for safer and more effective tires. The new tag uses five classes, indicates the tire’s sound level, and notes if the tire is adapted for driving on snow or ice. For the first time, the label will be applied to tires for cars, vans, and trucks.
“The structure has been simplified and the amount of information increased so that the customer can choose the optimum tire or receive better advice. This optimal choice helps to reduce the number of road accidents, CO2 emissions, and noise levels,” declares Filip Rylant, spokesperson for Traxio, the Belgian federation for the automotive sector. “In other words, the new tire label is more economical, ecological, and socially responsible.”
From 7 to 5
Whereas the previous label, launched back in 2012, presented seven different classes, representing the tire’s performance from A to G, the new one reduces those to five. According to Traxio, this helps to make the information on the rubber’s performance clearer.
The noise levels have also been made clearer. The abstract system of decibels has been replaced by letters, ranging from A to C. In addition, the label now provides clear information on the tire’s performance on snow or ice. Finally, a QR code placed in the right-hand corner will direct clients to a public product database for further information.
Much needed update
According to the federation, this new updated label will help reduce the CO2 emissions, as clients will be better advised for the choice of more ecological tires. This might seem a tad far-fetched but it must be said that clearer information is always better and the older label faced criticisms on that particular matter.
Furthermore, tires for cars and vans won’t be the only ones with a tag on their rubber anymore as the new label will now apply for commercial vehicles (C3) as well. First tires with the new tag will hit the shops starting on May 1st.