The tyres labeling legislation applies only to tyre categories C1 (passenger car tyres), C2 (light commercial vehicle tyres) and C3 (heavy commercial truck/bus tyres). The following categories are excluded from the regulative requirements:
- Retreaded tyres
- Professional Off Road tyres
- Racing tyres
- Studded tyres (studdable tyres if supplied without studs are included)
- Temporary use spare tyres
- Tyres designed to be fitted on vehicles registered for the first time before 1 October 1990
- Tyres whose speed rating is less than 80 km/h
- Tyres whose nominal rim diameter does not exceed 254 mm or is 635 mm or more
The categories are outlined in Article 8 of REGULATION (EC) No 661-2009 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL.
All C1, C2 and C3 tyres (with the exception of the excluded categories given above) produced from 1 July 2012, (date code “2712” “Wk. Mth”) and sold after 1 November 2012 must conform to the requirements of The European Tyre Labeling Regulation at the point of sale. All tyres in stock produced before July 2012 (date code earlier than 2712) can be sold after Nov 1st, 2012, without conformity to The European Tyre Labeling Regulation. Operators throughout the supply chain will have to manage a transition period while stocks contain tyres made both before and after 1st July 2012. This must be undertaken to ensure all label
information is available for tyres in stock with a date code “2712”.