Starting in November 2012, buying new tyres in the European Union will be made easier by the new tyre labels that are similar to the energy labels for household appliances. The labels will guide consumers towards acquiring tyres that are of higher quality and, therefore, safer. In the future, the classifications will be clearly visible in all tyre-related materials and at points of sale.
The classification criteria simplify and guide the tyre purchase decision. Standardised classification information is available to consumers on a label attached to the tread or through another means of communication.
The new tyre label simplify the selection of tyres for consumers. Although the new label make it easier to compare tyre models, you should also support your decision by consulting the following, for example: tyre retail experts, independent magazine test articles and tyre manufacturers.
For over a year, new tyres have had an EU tyre label that helps customers compare different tyres. However, many drivers are still not aware of the label.
The tyre label provides no added value for consumers using winter tyres. Instead, it may be misleading and endanger traffic safety. The regulation applies to non-studded winter tyres, but not to studded tyres.
When choosing tyres, the consumer must ensure that he/she is buying tyres that suit their driving conditions. This is especially true for non-studded winter tyres.
Applies to tyres for passenger cars, 4x4s, vans, trucks, and buses that are manufactured after 1 July 2012 and that are approved for road use.
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