posted 6 years ago

New Tyre Labels Benefit Motorists

Motorists can now choose tyres with confidence thanks to a new labelling system similar to those found on white goods.

Motorists can now choose tyres with confidence thanks to a new labelling system similar to those found on white goods. This includes three ratings: Wet Braking, Fuel Efficiency, and Exterior Noise. Wet Braking is classified from A to G with the former the best and the latter the worst. This is emphasised by colours ranging from green, through yellow/orange, to red. These ratings reveal – in relation to a benchmark - how far cars travel in the time it takes to slow from 50mph to 12mph. For example, tyres that fall 10-24% short of the benchmark are labelled E, and those 55% ahead A. Fuel Efficiency, once again, is marked A to G. The most efficient tyres barely deform under stress which saves fuel, but can hurt ride quality. Finally, Exterior Noise is calculated at 50mph with the engine off. It is shown in decibels with a computer-style three bar volume indicator. Quiet tyres, of course, make driving comfortable.

Paul Everitt, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive, said: “There are more than 150 million tyres currently on UK roads, so any information to help motorists understand crucial safety and performance characteristics is valuable, particularly given the safety improvements and fuel efficiency savings that can be gained from choosing the right tyre.”

The tyre labelling system came into effect on November 1st 2012 following a vote in the European Parliament. Clearly, it enables motorists to compare products from numerous manufacturers and choose compounds – based on facts - according to their requirements. That is far preferable to relying on mechanic recommendations that could be based purely on stock levels. Labelling also enables motorists to save money by purchasing from less familiar companies, confident the products compare favourably to bigger brands. Excellent.

Drivers Urged To Buy Winter Tyres

Can anyone tell me is there a legal requirement of tread on a tyre at point of purchase. I can't seem to find an answer, is this a case of where the motorist might be ripped off again? It will be interesting to find out.

I think there is enough info on the internet for someone to make a judgement on which tyre to purchase also a good tyre supplier would also make a good recommendation

Tyres recommended by the manufacturer?? don't you think they have negotiated the best deal for them when puting tyres on your new car?? think about it folks, do your own research on what is the best performance tyre to suit the way you drive. I think the labelling is very helpful as a starting point to narrow down selection. I also think tyres should have a mileage rating for wearability as they do in the USA.

Tyre comparisons are always interesting and I find an impartial comparison by a motor magazine most helpful in selecting a tyre for vehicle and needs. Unfortunately I would rather see the industry itself bring out helpful info and our own government tyre laws and regulation rather than the meddling European Parliament, who will without doubt put more restrictions on motoring in the future, also let us not forget that a new much larger minimum tyre limit is still on the cards from the EU.

Stick to manufacturer's label issued on the car when new. Obviously the car Manufacturer is going for optimum all round performance for that particular model.

Really bad idea! Just an extra cost that will be passed on to the customer. All the information you need about tyres is available on the Internet anyway. - and more than this crude system tells.

Bought brand new Mazda 6 from main dealer & asked for a full sized spare wheel to be fitted. Bridgestone tyres were makers spec.Sold car on after 18 months but decided to remove the spare wheel as it was an extra.On removing the wheel I was shocked to see a brand new tyre but of unknown Chinese origin.Initial cost to me was £208 this for matching alloy wheel and I thought tyre.Not impressed with west Northumberland Mazda dealership !

Becareful! this shouldn't be moving into the realms of supermarket choice. Far more important to take expert advice and make sure the correct grade of tyres are fitted (car mfgrs spec) otherwise your insurance can be invalidated. Four new tyres fitted to my car by a well known tyre distributor had to be replaced because they were the wrong grade. Luckily the lease company picked this up otherwise I could have been personally liable for any incidents.

Another complication ALL TYRES should be fit for safe use, guess we need a tyre manual too now?

What we really need is a law which prevents car manufacturers from receiving type approval if a vehicle is not sold complete with a proper spare wheel!

so we are now being advised to fit "winter tyres"these are only beneficial if the temp drops really low for a long period.poss ok in scotland etc but in mid to southern areas stick to "normal" tyres.this is one more scam from tyre dealers to line their pockets.


What about tyre wear? No good buying a set of tyres if they only last a year?

An excellent idea in theory! Apparently some of the bigger brands (like Michelin) are scoring worse than some mid range 'budget' brands. Showing that in most cases you're just paying for the name. Got to be better for the customer - as long as the bigger brands don't find a way of corrupting the results!!

You failed (typically selfishly for motor heads/clarksons) that choosing low noise tyres reduces noise for everyone esle as well as the car occupants!!!

i have alread used the new tyre regulations to save around £50 on two new tyres and gte a better tyre than the one I thought was good. Its a really good idea