Frequently Asked Questions
EU Tyre Label: Noise Emissions
The loudspeaker symbol stands for the noise that the tyres generate when running on the road surface. The noise emission is measured in decibels (dB). The noise emission of the tyres acts on the overall noise intensity of the vehicle and not only affects driving comfort but also the noise impact on the environment. The more black sound waves the symbol has, the louder the tyre is.
The label with 2 black sound waves corresponds to the EU directives applicable from 11/2012.
3 black sound waves
Three black sound waves stand for a high noise generation. This classification corresponds to the EU standard boundary value as per the directive "2001/43/EC", which is in force until 10/2012. A tyre labelled thus is louder when running as permitted by the provisions of the EU directives from November 2012.
2 black sound waves
Two black sound waves stand for a moderate noise generation. This classification corresponds to the EU standard boundary value as per the directive "661/2009/EC", which is in force from 11/2012.
1 black sound wave
One black sound wave stands for the lowest noise generation. The noise values lie at least 3 dB below the noise boundary values stipulated in the directive "661/2009/EC".