EU tyre label grades are not relevant to all tyres.
Goodyear Dunlop is advising commercial vehicle operators to kook beyond the new EU label grades when purchasing winter tyres. While fuel efficiency and wet grip (as shown on the labels) are among the most important performance areas for operators of long haul trucks, they are less relevant in winter conditions. Grip and traction on snow and ice together with mileage are the key priority areas for winter tyres but are not shown on labels.
In a recent survey that Goodyear Dunlop carried out in the Nordic countries almost all operators put traction on snow and packed snow as the two most important performance criteria for a winter tyre.