Under pressure from the tyre industry and the Italian government, the European Parliament's industry committee has voted to water-down proposed legislation to make car tyres quieter and more energy efficient.
MEPs have rejected moves for the Commission’s proposals for binding carbon dioxide standards for new cars to be watered down. But the vote was followed by a proposal from the French presidency that would indeed weaken the proposals.
What a month! We knew when the Commission proposed Europe's first mandatory emissions standards for new cars that getting the legislation passed would mean a bumpy ride, but the events of September really were dramatic. Yet how many people really understand what is behind this increasingly polarised issue?
The European car industry claims to comprise the Continent’s “most innovative entrepreneurs” (Letters, September 16). Hmmm. The 1948 Beetle used 7.5 litres of petrol per 100km; the biggest-selling version of the New Beetle uses the same.
The European Parliament’s industry committee has proposed a weakening of the EU draft legislation on cutting carbon dioxide emissions from cars, calling for a ‘phased’ approach. T&E says the proposal, if adopted, will make the new rules ‘almost completely meaningless’ and is calling on the EP’s environment committee to reject the idea.
So it can be done! The news from our third progress report on car makers’ efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions shows BMW as the star reducer at 7.3%. What is perhaps even more telling is that this progress was made across the entire fleet of cars that BMW brings to market.