It’s possible to insist, as many within the European Union will and do do, that the new rules on the labelling of tyres are just an example of how that very EU makes the world a better place. Consumers will benefit, in time, from having the better information, CO2 emissions will fall and no doubt kittens will gambol in sunshine once again. It’s also entirely possible to take the Daily Express’ view of this and insist it’s a good reason to get out:
’It’s imperative we LEAVE!’ Motorists face soaring costs under proposed EU tyre rules
MOTORISTS could be hit by soaring costs under EU proposals for compulsory labels on tyres, anti-Brussels campaigners warned last night.
The details of the regulations don’t look that bad and won’t cost that much either:
The EU proposals, set to be voted on by the European Parliament later this year, seek to update existing tyre labelling regulations introduced in 2009.
An explanation of the move published by the European Commission said: “Improving the labelling of tyres will give consumers more information on fuel efficiency, safety and noise, allowing them to obtain accurate, relevant and comparable information on those aspects when purchasing tyres.
“This will help improve the effectiveness of the tyre labelling scheme so as to ensure cleaner, safer and quieter vehicles and to maximise the scheme’s contribution to the decarbonisation of the transport sector.”
It added: “This proposal replaces an existing regulation on the labelling of tyres, and the administrative impact and costs are therefore estimated to be moderate, as most of the necessary structures and rules are in place.”
Information is already printed on the side of tyres. As long as the new regs only come into effect as people change their moulds which determine what is printed on the tyres then the marginal costs are going to be mild in the extreme. So, why agree with the Express that this is a good reason to leave?
Because the European Union is a system of government which thinks that government should be determining what is printed on the sides of tyres. This is simply a level of detail that the ruling system of 500 million people just shouldn’t be involved with. Yes, sure, we might think this trivial. But exactly the same arguments – consumers will benefit, CO2 emissions will be saved – are behind the banning of incandescent light bulbs and now of halogens. Meaning we’re all to be forced to buy only LEDs from now on. From 30p a bulb to £15 in only 20 years, pretty good going there. And no, the new ones don’t work in all the old fittings, there’s a capital cost to the switchover.
Essentially, we’ve handed over the entire continent to the anal retentives. Who will fuss and bother at the most trivial details of life. Leaving, of course, no corner of it unregulated nor free. It really is time to bugger off and it is for this reason too. Every pub has one, the bore with the plan. How if only boilers for model steam engines were properly designed and regulated by the experts then children would be more interested and we’d gain an entire generation of happy train drivers, less drug taking and fewer feral youth. As all adults know – having been caught once by the obsessive and his plan in our youth – the correct answer is to ignore them and talk amongst ourselves as we sup. Perhaps they’re allowed to explain it all to us once again for 10 minutes at Christmas as a form of seasonal cheer. That problem with the European Union is that the pub bores have been put in charge to impose their obsessions upon us.
By the way, yes, there are EU regulations upon the boliers for model steam engines. No, really, and that rather makes the case, doesn’t it? Offski then.