Plans to introduce energy efficient tyres on vehicles Europe could cut fuel costs by 10 per cent, a member of the European Parliament announced.
Belgian MEP Ivo Belet has directed his comments at motorists in Northern Ireland, but it applies to all European drivers who are affected by the new regulation.
The rule will require the new labelling system highlighting eco-friendly tyres from 2012 and since it is claimed that road transport is responsible for a quarter of all carbon dioxide emissions in Europe this is good news for the environment.
However, Mr Belet, who led the negotiations, insisted the move would not have significant additional costs for the tyre industry.
The agreement has to be formally approved by the full parliament and the council of ministers but this is seen as procedural.
The move is in line with the recommendations of car manufacturers that more can be done to make existing vehicles more eco-friendly before moving to electric vehicles.
Denna Bowman, Head Office