Belgium / UK - New tyre labelling introduced in May 2021 by the European Union for EU countries including Northern Ireland, must now be applied to new heavy-duty commercial vehicle tyres by all commercial vehicle suppliers and independent tyre suppliers. There is also a specific requirement for suppliers to inform buyers of the label values during the sales process. The legislation is expected to apply in the UK from later this year, according to Tony Stapleton Head of Group Fleet Sales at Continental Tyre Group Ltd of West Drayton, UK.
The revised EU tyre label now rates wet braking distances and fuel efficiency from A to E, with A being the best performing, and ranks external noise of the tyre from A to C, with A being the quietest. It also includes winter performance data, via the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMS) symbol, which determines whether a tyre meets snow performance requirements, as stipulated when driving across many European countries during colder seasons.