Saturday, 7 June 2008

EU 'Green' Plans Add £300 To Motoring

Brussels wants new eco-tyres, tyre-pressure equipment, and electronic stability control to come standard on new cars potentially adding £300 to the cost of a new car. The demands to manufacturers are part of EU plans that the motor industry cut its carbon emissions to an average of 120 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
Read more here.

These ideas are all good and well but in the current costly climate for motorists they are just an additional burden. The EU would do well to its beak elsewhere. National governments should consider these features and implement low-tax incentives if they seriously intend to influence consumer and motorist choices to adopt greener behaviours. As always with European demands and Labour's implementation we are given the stick and not the carrot. The incentives must be there to encourage the purchase of greener cars rather than yet another stealth tax wrapped up as a 'green' tax.

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