By Denna Bowman
Motorists are being urged to cut their fuel bills and reduce the environmental impact of their road journeys by choosing better tyres, in a new campaign launched by the Transport Minister Norman Baker today.
The Campaign for Better Tyres, which is run by the national charity Environmental Protection UK, is aimed at encouraging drivers to choose energy efficient, low noise and safe tyres.
These tyres can cut fuel consumption and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by as much as 10%. They can also reduce vehicle rolling noise by almost half and reduce braking distances on wet roads by an impressive 18 metres.
James Grugeon, Environmental Protection UK chief executive, said: “Better tyres can help us save money, help cut carbon emissions and improve public health.
“If we all used energy efficient, low noise and safe tyres we would save 6.6 million tonnes of oil a year in Europe by 2020 – which is as much as the annual consumption of Hungary. We could also reduce CO2 emissions by as much as four million tonnes per year – equivalent to taking 1.3 million cars from the roads – and cut traffic noise in half.”
Transport Minister Norman Baker added: “Tyre legislation sets minimum safety and environmental standards but the consumer is still faced with a wide range of products to choose from. This new information will enable consumers to make an informed purchase decision and to choose safer, quieter, and more fuel efficient tyres.”