Research by the respected Dutch consultancy CE Delft has shown that carbon dioxide emissions from road transport could be reduced by 30% if motorway speed limits in the Netherlands were set at 80 km/h.
The Commission has rejected several suggestions by MEPs to make the forthcoming revised EU law on tyre labelling easier for the public to understand.
Measures to cut fuel consumption and noise through better tyres have moved a step closer, and must now await next month's European Parliament elections.
Motorists should soon be able to get more information on which tyres cut their fuel consumption, which improve their safety and which are quieter, following a vote in the European Parliament's industry committee last month.
Lorries cause vastly more environmental damage and congestion than their share of Europe’s road vehicles leads people to believe, according to a report for T&E that has been published as the EU debates a controversial revision of the Eurovignette directive.
MEPs have breathed new life into the Commission’s draft directive on making tyres quieter and more energy-efficient.
Millions of European citizens troubled by road traffic noise have had their hopes of a quieter and healthier life set back by a deal between MEPs, the tyre industry and the Italian government.
Editorial by Nina Renshaw
There's something strange about the subject of road traffic noise. While progress on other issues that concern the environmental movement such as exhaust emissions, road user charging, cleaner technology has been painfully slow at times, at least there has been some progress. Yet road noise seems like a blind spot in the mirror of those driving Europe’s transport policy.