All tires manufactured from November 2012 are obliged to comply with European legislation commonly referred to the European label. This legislation has passed unnoticed among the general public, but it is of vital importance to establish common requirements for all manufacturers who want to sell their products in the European area.
What is the European label?
It works same than refrigerators and other white goods you may already know. The European Label has two main objectives:
1.- Establish a minimum quality of tires sold in EU
2.- State 3 important parameters on the quality of the tire:
Rolling resistance: A good rate here means tyre spends less fuel.
Wet grip: This parameter describes the pure safety of what a tire has to do... keep grip on the road even under wet conditions.
Noise: A good rate means less noise when rolling.
Who is affected by this legislation?
All of us (manufacturers, workshops and end users). In fact, the enforcement of the label already led to an improvement in the quality of the tires without consumer noticing it.
Improvement in the results of labeling depend basically on the compounds and tire.
What is the importance in the final decision on the purchase?
There are usually many more criteria and not just 3 when designing a tire by the manufacturers (some say up to 60). However, the European Commission, after a thorough study and hundreds of consultations with experts in the tyre industry have decided on three important points.
Are all tyres obliged to have this European tire label?
There are some exceptions that are NOT required to have a European label:
Tires for off-road use
Winter tires with studs.
If you want to watch a self explanatory video, you will find a video made by a major European tire manufacturer.