For those of you not living in Europe, you need to know that everything you do is regulated by the European Commission. What was a great idea, getting a bunch of countries together, is turning into a mindless and often senseless debauchery of technocrats making laws. Laws just to justify their own existence. Many small companies have been put out of business because of some new laws & regulations the EC has put in place, with total disregard of cultures, productivity and common sense.
Having gotten that of my chest, I hasten to add that sometimes to do come out with some good laws. One of them is the environmental impact house hold goods create. When you go and buy a new fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, etc, according to the law, there's a label that shows you the energy group the device is in. "A" is the most ecological, "G" is a ecological disaster, like the Exxon Valdez.
Washing Machine Energy Label
The European Commission has recently voted on doing something similar for all tires, cars and motorcycles. Three labels are being looked at:
1. They plan to label tires according to their "Rolling Resistance", meaning tires labelled "A" are the most fuel efficient tires.
2. A label that shows the "Wet Weather Road Grip", distinguishing the tires that perform the best in rain. It is measured in the distance a tire stops during rain.
3. The last label will be the "Noise Pollution", indicating the noise level a tire makes.
The difference in selecting a tire marked "A" in the 1st category equals a 300 kms more on the same amount of petrol than if you had a Category "G" tire over the lifetime of the tire.
The difference in road grip between Category "A" tires and Category "G" tires is the distance of a 40 meters when hitting the brakes in the rain.
The initial vote for this new law was approved in the 22nd of April but still needs minister approvals. The new legislation may come into play in the next few years. It may push governments to tax tires that are not ecological....
Source: Le Figaro