Revision of the energy labelling of tyres hits the road

tyre labelWith the publication of the Third Mobility Package on 17 May 2018, the European Commission completes its agenda for safe, clean and connected mobility. Specifically, the package includes a legislative proposal on how to revise the label for tyres and incorporates amendments previously agreed on wet grip and measurement of rolling resistance.

Closer look at tyres

Tyres account for 20-30% of the fuel consumption of vehicles, produce considerable noise pollution, are responsible for a significant amount of the particle pollution in the air, and tyres’ abrasion is one of the main contributors to microplastics pollution in water.

The Commission estimates that each household will save up to 125€ per car, per year, by using tyres with class A instead of class F. The impact of the regulation in terms of CO2 emissions avoided would be equivalent to removing almost 4 million passenger cars from EU roads per year by 2030.

Tyres label even more visible

Since 1 November 2012, the tyres label has allowed consumers to compare products in terms of their fuel efficiency, wet grip and noise levels. The current label is complemented by minimum requirements on the same parameters, designed to remove the worst performing tyres from the European market.

To help increase consumers’ awareness of and confidence in the label, the Commission proposes to make the label more visible, by requiring that it be shown in all situations where tyres are sold, including online, but also when tyres are sold with a new vehicle and when vehicles are leased or are part of a fleet. Moreover, the full label will have to be shown in visual advertisements and in technical promotional material. To encourage market surveillance activities, manufacturers will also be required to fill in the upcoming product database for Energy Labelled products, something ECOS had been calling for.

EU Consultation on the tyre labelling scheme

ECOS intends to comment on this proposal in the framework of the feedback period which is open until 12 July, after which the contributions will be passed on to the Parliament and the Council.