By 12 October 2018, all filling station operators in Belgium – and in Europe – should have replaced the existing fuel labels on their fuel pumps and guns by the new European fuel identifiers. The new, harmonized fuel labels (around 28 in total) mark the different types of fuel available at the pump – from gasoline and diesel fuel thru’ to hydrogen and gas. The labels were designed to help consumers easily choose the correct fuel for their vehicles. You can order the Belgian labels for example from the NBN, the Belgian Bureau for Standardisation.
Clarity for consumers
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 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.
Belgian version of European standard
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 – the Bureau for Standardisation that rolls out the standard in Belgium and sells the labels.
Order your fuel identifiers from NBN
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:
- ≥ 500 labels: €2.00 / label
- 100-499 labels: €2,50 / label
- <100 labels: €3,00 / label
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”: