Ref. Ares(2018)3240186 - 19/06/2018
I AM TRAVELING ABROAD.
I PLAN TO TRAVEL IN THE UK,
WILL I FIND THE LABEL IN
WHAT ABOUT BREXIT?
THE FUELLING STATIONS
OF THE COUNTRIES I DRIVE
It is up to the UK to decide the way in
which EU rules will apply after Brexit,
but newly produced vehicles will have
the labels fitted on the production line
The new labels will be deployed in all 28
so vehicles entering the UK market will
European Union member states, EEA
INFORMATION FOR CONSUMERS
continue to have the labels.
countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein and
Norway), and also Macedonia, Serbia,
Switzerland and Turkey.
In order to help consumers select the ap-
This label will be placed:
propriate fuel for their vehicles throughout • On newly-produced vehicles, in the im-
Europe, the European Union has agreed
mediate proximity of the fuel filler flap/
The fuel filler neck of a petrol vehicle is de-
vehicles with the correct fuel (petrol or die-
new labelling requirements for newly pro-
liberately smaller than the nozzle of a die-
duced vehicles and fuel filling stations. • In the vehicle owner’s manual. In the
sel pump. Although this helps to prevent This communication does not address
As of October 2018, a new unique and
case of newer vehicles, they may also
customers putting diesel in a petrol those occasions when a customer may
harmonised set of fuel labels will appear
appear in the electronic handbook avai-
vehicle, it is still possible for a customer to inadvertently put petrol in their diesel
lable via a vehicle’s infotainment centre;
inadvertently put petrol in a diesel vehicle vehicle. The new labels and this communi-
• At all public refuelling stations on the
despite the labels marked ‘Diesel’ around cation inform customers on the suitability
fuel-dispensing unit and on the filler
the diesel filler flap/cap.
of a certain fuel for use in their vehicle.
nozzle of the fuel dispenser;
Customers are responsible for filling their
• At vehicle dealerships.
WHICH VEHICLES ARE CONCERNED
BY THIS LABELLING REQUIREMENT?
This document has been prepared by ACEA, ACEM,
When it comes to road vehicles, the labels • Passenger cars;
Fuels Europe and UPEI, the organisations representing
will appear on newly produced:
• Light commercial vehicles;
European vehicle manufacturers (powered two-whee-
• Mopeds, motorcycles, tricycles and qua-
• Heavy-duty commercial vehicles;
lers, cars, vans and heavy-duty vehicles) and the Eu-
• Buses and coaches.
ropean refining and downstream fuel supply sectors.
The information contained in this document is subject
to the specific national laws implementing Directive
2014/94/EU in each member state of the EU.
ARE VEHICLES OF ALL AGES CONCERNED?
No. The European legislation requires the fitting the labels to older vehicles. Please
labels only for new vehicles placed on the contact your local dealer if you need advice
market for the first time or registered as of on which fuel is recommended for use in
12 October 2018.
HOW DO THE LABELS WORK?
Vehicle manufacturers do not recommend
The label is simply a visual tool to help will only need to match the label of your
consumers verify that they correctly select vehicle with the corresponding label on the
WHEN WILL THESE LABELS BE VISIBLE
the appropriate fuel for their vehicle. You fuel pump.
IN THE EU MEMBER STATES?
DO THESE LABELS CONCERN ME IF MY VEHICLE IS ELECTRIC?
The label will be placed on newly produced clear and visible manner for consumers,
vehicles and on petrol, diesel, hydrogen as of 12 October 2018.
(H2), compressed natural gas (CNG), li-
Since this is a compliance date, vehicle
Yes, if you have a hybrid-electric vehicle. It on the recharging point to guide you on the
quefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied manufacturers and filling station operators
will still need refuelling with the appropriate recharging of the vehicle batteries is cur-
petroleum gas (LPG) filling pumps in all will start to introduce these labels over a
rently being designed and should be intro-
European Union fuel filling stations, in a transitional period prior to that date.
A similar set of labels on the vehicle and duced in the future.
WHAT DO THE LABELS LOOK LIKE?
There are specific label designs for petrol – type fuels, diesel-type fuels, and gaseous-type fuels (e.g. CNG, LNG, LPG and hydrogen):
The shape for a diesel-type fuel is a
The shape for a petrol- type fuel is a
square (“B” stands for specific biodiesel
circle (“E” stands for specific bio-com-
components present in diesel, the XTL
ponents present in petrol):
stands for synthetic diesel and indicates
it is not derived from crude oil):
The shape for a gaseous-type fuel is diamond:
PETROL TYPE OF FUEL
DIESEL TYPE OF FUEL