Until today, every European fuel-dispensing unit had a label that indicates what type of fuel it provides. Those fuel identifiers, however, differ greatly from country to country. The different shapes, colours and languages are sometimes confusing for consumers, leading to misfuelling.
In order to prevent this, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published the EN 16942 standard standard in October 2016. The standard describes the shape, size and colour of the labels and specifies where the fuel identification label must be placed. As newly-produced vehicles will be fitted with a similar label on the fuel filler neck, it will be easier for drivers to see what fuel is compatible for use with their vehicle.
The new labels indicate what type of fuel is available via simple black-and-white symbols.
The standard for these labels was developed by a European team but every country is allowed to slightly customize the fuel identifiers. In Belgium, the labels are available in Dutch and French and mention the NBN that rolls out the standard in Belgium and sells the labels.
The NBN, together with its sectoral operators, is the Belgian knowledge centre for all activities related to standardisation. We help businesses, consumers, public authorities and other stakeholders strive for higher quality by providing services related to the development, publication, dissemination and use of standards. In addition, NBN provides training on the use of management standards.
The price of the labels depends on the total number of labels ordered per order:
Do you need more information on the new standard and fuel identifiers? Get in touch with us or download the brochures “Fuel labelling for road vehicles”: