ERJ staff report (DS)
Brussels -- The lobby group. Transport & Environment claims the new rules offer a blanket exemption to SUVs on tyre noise and rolling resistance standards.
In a statement, T&E said the new rules offer, "a blanket exemption for Europe's noisiest and most gas gazzling sports-utility vehicles (SUVs)."
According to T&E, quite apart from the SUV exemption, half of all car tyres sold today already comply with the proposed new noise limits.
The tyre proposals also set new standards for rolling-resistance (energy efficiency / CO2 emissions) of tyres. But again the limits are unambitious, said T&E. T&E estimates that more than 50% of the market already meet the second (final) stage of the proposed limits and, again, SUV tyres, for the most inefficient vehicles will get an exemption.
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Press release from T&E