As from 1 December 2012 consumers will know quickly which tyres will help them saving fuel
: A new easy-to-read label ranks tyres on a scale from 5 (bad) to 1(best).
Two parameters are evaluated: Rolling resistance, wet grip.
Red 5 is the worst class; Green 1 is the best class.
The two parameters:
- Rolling resistance
- is related to the fuel consumption. By reducing rolling resistance, the tyre consumes less petrol.
- Wet grip
- is one of the most important safety characteristics of a tyre. Tyres with very good wet grip have a shorter braking distance when it rains.
- Which tyres fall under the regulation?
- The regulation applies to almost all tyres for four-wheel vehicles (passenger cars, light commercial vehicles). However, It does not cover re-treaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, temporary-use spare tyres, studded tyres,snow tyres. tyres used only for racing, tyres whose speed rating is less than 80 km/h, tyres to be fitted only on vehicles registered for the first time before 1 October 1990 and tyres whose nominal diameter is smaller than 254 mm or bigger than 635 mm.