Regulatory Affairs Directorate
Market Surveillance Directorate

Regulation (EC) 1222/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2009 on the labelling of tyres with respect to fuel efficiency and other essential parameters

Tyres mainly because of their rolling resistance, account for 20% to 30% of the fuel consumption of vehicles. A reduction of the rolling resistance of tyres may therefore contribute significantly to the energy efficiency of road transport and thus to the reduction of emissions. Tyres are characterised by a number of parameters such as rolling resistance may have an adverse impact on other parameters such as wet grip, while improving wet grip may have an adverse impact on external rolling noise. Tyre manufacturers should be encouraged to optimise all parameters beyond the standards already achieved.

Fuel-efficient tyres are cost-effective since fuel savings more than compensate for the increased purchase price of tyres stemming from higher production costs. The provision of information on tyre parameters in the form of a standard label is likely to influence purchasing decisions by end-users in favour of safer, quieter and more fuel-efficient tyres. This, in turn is likely to encourage tyre manufacturers to optimise those tyre parameters, which would pave the way for more sustainable consumption.

The energy label which ranks products on a scale from ‘A’ to ‘G’ as applied to household appliances is well known to consumers and has proven to be successful in promoting more efficient appliances. The same design is used for the labelling of tyre fuel efficiency.

The Display of a label on tyres at the point of sale, as well as in technical promotional material, should ensure that distributors as well as potential end-users receive harmonised information on tyre fuel efficiency, wet grip performance and external rolling noise at the time and place of the purchasing decision.

Some end-users choose tyres before arriving at the point of sale, or purchase tyres by mail order. To ensure that those end-users can also make an informed choice on the basis of harmonised information on tyre fuel efficiency, wet grip performance and external rolling noise, labels should be displayed in ALL technical promotional material, including were such material is made available on the internet. Technical promotional material does not include advertisements in billboards, newspapers, magazines, radio broad-casting, television and similar online formats.

Potential end-users should be provided with information explaining each component of the label and its relevance. This information should be provided in technical promotional material, for instance on suppliers’ websites.

Information should be provided in accordance with harmonised testing methods that should be reliable, accurate and reproducible, in order to enable end-users to compare different tyres and so as to limit testing costs for manufacturers.

Compliance with the provisions on labelling by suppliers and distributors is essential in order to achieve the aims of those provisions and to ensure a level playing field within the Community. Malta should therefore monitor such compliance through market surveillance and regular ex-post controls, in particular in line with Regulation No 765/2008.

Tyre suppliers and distributors are encouraged to comply with the provisions of this Regulation before 2012 to speed up the recognition of the label and the realisation of its benefits.

This Regulation shall apply to C1, C2 and C3 tyres, and it shall not apply to re-treaded tyres; off-road professional tyres; tyres designed to be fitted only to vehicles registered for the first time before 1st October 1990, T-type temporary-use spare tyres; tyres whose speed rating is less than 80 km/hr, tyres whose nominal rim diameter does not exceed 254mm or is 635mm or more; tyres fitted with additional devices to improve traction properties, such as studded tyres; tyres designed only to be fitted on vehicles intended exclusively for racing.

The Labelling of tyres Regulation stipulates the Responsibilities of tyre suppliers and/or distributors as well as the Responsibilities of vehicle suppliers and vehicle distributors.

This Regulation shall apply from 1 November 2012.

Link to European Commission website;

http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/labelling/labelling_of_tyres_en.htm