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2012 saw the EU come up with a unified tyre labelling system in all its partnering countries. Ever since November of that year, if you are a citizen of Europe, you will see tyres on the shelves with a label indicating:

  • Wet grip
  • Fuel consumption
  • Noise level

How it came to be?

EU Tyre Labelling Regulation has come into existence as a result of a rule presented by the EU Commission in 2009.

The regulations have been mainly drafted to increase fuel-efficiency and enhance your car’s performance as a whole. Experts at Nil’s Tyre Services say that it aims at significantly lowering the fuel and energy consumption within 2020.

Which tyres must inevitably be labelled?

Although there are some exemptions, the following must contain the stipulated markings:

  • Passenger car tyres.
  • 4x4 tyres.
  • Truck and Van Tyres.

Now let’s look at the exempted ones:

  • Tyres manufactured before the October of 1990.
  • Tyres that have been re-treaded.
  • Motorcycle and sports car tyres.
  • Vintage and off-road tyres.
  • Studded or spare tyres.

Now let’s get straight to the regulations

Tyre ratings are done mainly for three vital areas.

First comes the Fuel Efficiency/Rolling Resistance

People in places like Blackburn and all around the world are becoming very finicky about saving costs on fuel. Thus, the regulators take notice of the rolling resistance that the tyre possesses. More the resistance, greater will be the consumption and vice versa.

The ratings are on a scale of ‘A’ to ‘G’. An ‘A’ rating suggests that yours is one of the best tyres regarding fuel efficiency, while a ‘G’ rating means just the opposite.

Next are the wet grip and braking performance

If your tyre has an ‘A’ rating, then that indicates your car tyres provide optimal grip and minimum braking distance. Not only this, but it also offers excellent aquaplaning which ensures your safety on slippery roads.

The EU Tyre Labelling Regulation clearly states that the best-rated tyres provide 30% lesser braking distance.

Noise Emission and Exterior Noise ratings

Expressed in decibels, they are represented by three waves on the label. A car tyre with only one wave will produce the least noise; while the one with three waves will be the loudest.

EU Tyre Label products in Nil’s Tyre Services

A reputed auto garage like Nil’s Tyre Services believes in quality. So come and visit us at our garage in Blackburn and purchase original, labelled tyres. We only sell tyres that follow the EU Tyre Labelling Regulation.

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