By Denna Bowman
New rules to make tyres fitted to all new cars safer, greener and quieter should be introduced sooner rather than later, according to environmental campaigners.
The far reaching new EU regulation which covers noise, rolling resistence, wet grip and labelling rules for tyres has been welcomed by tyres manufacturers and environmentalists.
However, green campaigners are disappointed about the length of time the tyres and car manufacturers are being given to make the transition.
For although the new rules will begin being implemented in November 2011 through to 2016, the EU has added an extra 2-4 year grace period for compliance and a further 30 months for the selling off of existing stock.
Nina Rensha, of Transport and Environment (T&E), said ‘The industry has cynically exploited the current economic climate to postpone progress on cleaner, safer tyres. Thanks to the vote we’ll have to wait until 2023 to see the full effects.’
T&E is urging the European Commission to shorten the transition period when it works out the technical details of the new legislation.