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The new EU tyre label.

New EU tyre label:
greater transparency, fewer emissions.

From 1 May 2021, the European Union is introducing a new regulation concerning the labelling of tyres in terms of their fuel efficiency and other parameters. The aim of this is to enable you to make a conscious decision for more fuel-efficient tyres. In both privately and commercially used vehicles, this can reduce costs in addition to making a contribution towards reduced emissions.

What's more, the new tyre label which applies in accordance with this regulation will help the EU reach its aim of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Road traffic and the reduction of the CO2 emissions which it creates play a major role in reaching this aim.

Comparison of the old and new EU tyre labels.

The new EU tyre label (right-hand image) provides a more clear and simple representation of the most important characteristics of tyres, such as fuel efficiency, wet grip and rolling noise. What's more, it contains pictogrammes for snow and ice grip1 as well as a QR code with which the product data sheet can be called up.

Characteristics of the new EU tyre label.

  • The new tyre label applies not only to passenger car tyres but also to bus and truck tyres (tyre classes C1, C2, C3)
  • New, shorter scale for fuel efficiency with classification from2 A to E
  • New, shorter scale for wet grip with classification from 2 A to E
  • New noise category representation with classification from 2 A to C

Additional information on the new tyre label:

  • Tyre type label (type no. of tyre)
  • New pictogrammes for snow grip (3PMSF) and ice grip1
  • QR code for each tyre type label with link to the EU product database (EPREL)

Ice tyres are designed for road surfaces covered with a layer of ice or compacted snow and should only be used in very difficult weather conditions (e.g. low temperatures). What's more, the use of ice tyres in less difficult weather conditions (e.g. in wet conditions or warm temperatures) can reduce the performance of the tyres in terms of wet grip, handling and wear.


In the scales for fuel efficiency and wet grip, "A" stands for the best performance category and "E" for the worst. In the noise categories (rolling noise), "A" stands for the best performance category and "C" for the worst.

Pictogrammes used on the EU tyre label.

Icon für Rollgeräusch

Rolling noise.

The external rolling noise is stated in decibels and is broken down into 3 categories: A, B and C.
Icon für Schneegriffigkeit

Snow grip.

The symbol for snow grip designates tyres which are suitable for use in snow.
Icon für Eisgriffigkeit

Ice grip.

The symbol for ice grip designated tyres which fulfil the minimum reference values for ice grip.
Information about the new regulation concerning the labelling of tyres in terms of their fuel efficiency and other parameters. Please note that the actual fuel saving and the road safety depend to a large degree on the driving style and other specific characteristics (e.g. weather, topography, amount of traffic) during the journey. The fuel consumption can be drastically reduced by adopting an environmentally friendly driving style. To improve fuel efficiency and wet grip, it is recommended to check the tyre pressure regularly. Please also note that the braking and stopping distances can change depending on the speed driven, as well as on the weather conditions; accordingly, appropriately safe distances to other road users should be maintained. In the case of questions, or if you require further information, your Mercedes-Benz partner will be happy to assist you.