EU tyre labelling

The new EU tyre label is intended to give consumers more information when choosing new tyres. The label shows wet grip stopping distance in a straight line, exterior noise and fuel efficiency data. The presentation is based on the familiar EU energy efficiency label.

The supply of all Avon Motorsport road legal products is unaffected by the new legislation and will still be available through our dealer network. 

This is because our tyres have either been tested and found to comply or, in the case of certain tyres, they are exempt from the legislation if fitted to vehicles registered for the first time before 1st October 1990.  Tyres which have been tested will be appropriately labelled and exempt products will have a sticker with the following language “This tyre is designed to be fitted only to vehicles registered for the first time before 1st October 1990.”  in relation to Regulation EC1222/2009.

The Avon Motorsport range of road legal tyres has the following grades or exemptions:

What does the label mean? 

FUEL EFFICIENCY (Rolling Resistance) 

Fuel efficiency is influenced by the tyre’s rolling resistance. Lower rolling resistance means lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
There is a 7.5% loss of fuel economy between the best and worst class (average).


WET GRIP (Braking Performance)

Wet grip is one of the most important performance characteristics in a tyre.
The effect may vary among vehicles and driving conditions, but in the case of full braking, the difference between a G and an A class for a set of four identical tyres could be up to 30% shorter braking distance (e.g. for a typical passenger car driving at 80 km/h speed this could be up to 18m shorter braking distance).


NOISE (Exterior Rolling Noise – not cabin noise) 

 Measured in decibels     (dB)
3 black bars: above future EU limit, complies with current S Mark
2 black bars: meets future EU limit
1 black bar: at least 3 dB below the future EU limit 


What else is important when choosing new tyres?

The label does not address every factor which is critical to overall tyre performance.

  • Dry handling                                                                                   Not on label
  • Dry grip (straight line)                                                                   Not on label
  • Dry grip (circles/cornering)                                                          Not on label
  • Wet handling                                                                                  Not on label
  • Wet grip (circles/cornering)                                                         Not on label
  • Resistance to aquaplaning (straight/curved)                          Not on label
  • High-speed stability                                                                     Not on label
  • Interior noise                                                                                  Not on label
  • Tread wear                                                                                     Not on label


 For furter detailed information on the EU legislations visit the information on EU tyre labelling website -