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Information on tyre fuel efficiency, braking capacity and noise levels

Information on tyre fuel efficiency, braking capacity and noise levels

 

SUMMARY OF:

Regulation (EU) 2020/740 on the labelling of tyres with respect to fuel efficiency and other parameters

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE REGULATION?

  • It aims to give consumers more information when choosing new tyres for their vehicles. It makes labels about a tyre’s characteristics and performance, in snow and ice for instance, more visible and informative. This will help end-users* take into account features such as safety, health protection and economic and environmental efficiency.
  • The legislation is designed to promote fuel-efficient, long-lasting and safe tyres with low noise levels.
  • It amends Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 (see summary).

KEY POINTS

The regulation:

  • applies to tyres for passenger cars (C1 tyres), buses and coaches, light and heavy goods vehicles, and light and heavy trailers (C2 and C3 tyres), as well as to retreads* once a suitable performance test is available;
  • does not apply to certain specalised categories of tyre, such as those for off-road professional use, to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990 or to second-hand tyres, unless imported from a non-EU country.

Tyre suppliers must:

  • attach a sticker label to individual tyres and a printed label to a batch of tyres, containing the information set out in Annexes I and II, and provide a product information sheet containing the details specified in Annex III;
  • make the tyre label visible, preferably close to the price, in advertisements and distance selling or internet sales;
  • ensure the tyre labels and product information sheets are accurate;
  • cooperate with market surveillance authorities, which may carry out routine and ad hoc inspections, and act immediately if any infringements are discovered;
  • provide their national authorities, via a product database, with technical details of the tyres and their performance before they are offered for sale, enabling authorities to check the accuracy of the tyre labels — the information will have to be supplied from 1 May 2021 (and by 30 November 2021 for tyres produced between 25 June 2020 and 30 April 2021);
  • not provide or display labels, marks, symbols or inscriptions that do not comply with the regulation.

Tyre distributors must:

  • attach a sticker label to individual tyres and a printed label to a batch of tyres at the point of sale, containing the information required;
  • ensure the tyre label is displayed close to the price on any technical promotional material, paper-based distances sales, and advertisements and internet sales;
  • provide customers with a copy of the tyre label before a sale, if the tyres are not visible;
  • inform customers where they can access the product information sheet.

Suppliers and distributors of new vehicles must provide customers with the tyre label, product information sheet and any relevant technical promotional material before a purchase is made.

Internet service providers must ensure that suppliers selling tyres on their sites display the necessary label as well as the information sheet.

National authorities must:

  • allow the sale and use of tyres that comply with the legislation;
  • verify the accuracy of the information on the tyre labels;
  • lay down penalty and enforcement rules for any infringements.

The European Commission:

Repeal

Regulation (EU) 2020/740 repeals the tyre-labelling Regulation (EC) No 1222/2009 (see summary).

FROM WHEN DOES THE REGULATION APPLY?

It applies from 1 May 2021.

BACKGROUND

The tyre-labelling system aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution and improve road safety. Tyres account for 20-30% of a vehicle’s fuel consumption. Reducing their rolling resistance helps cut emissions and increase savings for drivers through lower fuel consumption.

For more information, see:

KEY TERMS

End-user: an individual consumer, fleet manager or road transport company.
Retread: a reconditioned tyre where the worn tread is replaced with new material.

MAIN DOCUMENT

Regulation (EU) 2020/740 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 2020 on the labelling of tyres with respect to fuel efficiency and other parameters, amending Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 and repealing Regulation (EC) No 1222/2009 (OJ L 177, 5.6.2020, pp. 1-31)

Successive amendments to Regulation (EU) 2020/740 have been incorporated into the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on market surveillance and compliance of products and amending Directive 2004/42/EC and Regulations (EC) No 765/2008 and (EU) No 305/2011 (OJ L 169, 25.6.2019, pp. 1-44)

Regulation (EU) 2018/858 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles, amending Regulations (EC) No 715/2007 and (EC) No 595/2009 and repealing Directive 2007/46/EC (OJ L 151, 14.6.2018, pp. 1-218)

Regulation (EU) 2017/1369 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 4 July 2017 setting a framework for energy labelling and repealing Directive 2010/30/EU (OJ L 198, 28.7.2017, pp. 1-23)

Regulation (EC) No 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 (OJ L 342, 22.12.2009, pp. 46-58)

See consolidated version.

Regulation (EC) No 661/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 concerning type-approval requirements for the general safety of motor vehicles, their trailers and systems, components and separate technical units intended therefor (OJ L 200, 31.7.2009, pp. 1-24)

See consolidated version.

last update 02.12.2020

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