From November 2012, all tyres sold in the UK will carry independent ratings for efficiency, safety and noise.
Similar to C02 ratings, it will become a legal requirement for tyres to be categorised into one of seven divisions – top ranked ‘A’ to lowest ranked ‘G’.
It is thought that the top ranked ‘A’ tyres will out-perform G tyres by a third in wet grip tests while offering around 14 times greater fuel efficiency, measured by rolling resistance.
In more transparent terms, at 50mpg, a car with A tyres will stop three to four car lengths shorter than a car with G tyres. A car with A tyres will cost around £100 less than a car with G tyres to run every year.
A spokesman for tyre experts, Continental commented:
“Continental considers the tyre label to be a real breakthrough in providing standard performance data to motorists in the interest of improving road safety by providing information on wet grip, and for the environment with the classifications for noise and rolling resistance.”
We agree, though Continental went on to reveal there is more that could be added:
“However, the EU label only shows three of more than 14 important tyre performance criteria. Tyre tests from magazines will continue to be the most comprehensive source of information for motorists because they provide complete and independent reports covering nearly all criteria for the most popular tyre sizes.”
The new labelling system will NOT apply to non-road-legal, re-treads, spares or vintage car tyres.