EC1222/2009 states that all tyres manufactured after 1 July 2012 give ratings for fuel efficiency, wet grip and rolling noise.
Top left panel refers to fuel efficiency. 7.5% loss of fuel economy between best and worst class for a full set of tyres fitted to an average car.
Top right panel refers to wet grip. 30% shorter braking distance between best and worst class for a full set of tyres fitted to an average car. That’s 18m shorter when braking at 50mph.
The bottom panel refers to external rolling noise. This is graded in decibels – 3 waves is above the future EU limit, 2 waves meet the limit and 1 wave is below the limit.
We have briefing packs in reception if anyone would like to know more about this new regulation.