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With few exceptions, new tyres are required by law to carry indications of the tyre’s load carrying and speed capabilities e.g. 205/55R16 91V.

These are moulded on the sidewall as a service description comprising a Load Index (e.g. '91' in table 1) for load carrying capacity and a Speed Symbol (e.g. ‘V’ in table 2) for speed capability. It is strongly recommended to always fit tyres that have a speed capability and load index at least equal to or higher than those originally specified by the vehicle manufacturer.

The only exception to this is when fitting winter tyres when it is common place to fit a tyre with a speed rating 1 fitment lower, for example dropping from a V speed rating to a H. This is usually reinforced in the vehicle manufacturer’s service book.

Load Ratings

Load Index Load in kg   Load Index Load in kg   Load Index Load in kg
62 265   84 500   106 950
63 272   85 515   107 975
64 280   86 530   108 1000
65 290   87 545   109 1030
66 300   88 560   110 1060
67 307   89 580   111 1090
68 315   90 600   112 1120
69 325   91 615   113 1150
70 335   92 630   114 1180
71 345   93 650   115 1215
72 355   94 670   116 1250
73 365   95 690   117 1285
74 375   96 710   118 1320
75 387   97 730   119 1360
76 400   98 750   120 1400
77 412   99 775   121 1450
78 425   100 800   122 1500
79 437   101 825   123 1550
80 450   102 850   124 1600
81 462   103 875   125 1650
82 475   104 900   126 1700
83 487   105 925  

 

Speed Ratings

Speed rating Mile per/hour
R 106
S 112
T 118
H 130
V 149
Z 150+
W 168
Y 186

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