2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-08-25 09:36
According to the will of the EU Commission, new cars should be equipped with ESP and energy-saving tires from 2012. The plans met with criticism.
Electronic anti-skid protection and energy-saving tires are to become mandatory for all new cars in Europe. In addition, the EU Commission in Brussels wants to prescribe systems for monitoring tire pressure from 2012 onwards. The plans adopted on Friday met with criticism from European automobile clubs: The Commission is avoiding really important issues.
Cars are becoming more economical
The proposals would make the cars safer and more economical, said a spokesman for EU Industry Commissioner Günter Verheugen. The commission estimates that car buyers would have to pay between 100 and 300 euros more, depending on the model. The saving effect on fuel consumption makes up for that after a while. As early as October, the Commission proposed that electronic brake assist systems should be made mandatory in all new cars from 2009 onwards.
Correct air pressure and tires with low rolling resistance together should reduce emissions of climate-damaging carbon dioxide by seven grams per kilometer. Insufficient tire pressure can also cause accidents, said Verheugen's spokesman Ton van Lierop. The Commission hopes that the regulations for more safety technology for cars and commercial vehicles will reduce the number of road deaths in Europe by around 5000 per year.
The Brussels specifications for energy-saving technology are only "small things", said the managing director of the EAC car club association, Matthias Knobloch. The Commission avoids the question of whether many cars are not overpowered these days. «Do I need a 170 hp vehicle or is 130 hp enough? That's a lot,”said Knobloch.
Little things increase the price
"This is a discussion that should also be held," demanded the motorist representative. The Cars21 program, which the commission presented after consultations with the auto industry in February 2007, evades this topic: "The Cars21 people don't answer." Nevertheless, some Brussels guidelines could help save energy and increase road safety.
With a slight loss of comfort, the manufacturers could significantly reduce the emission of climate-damaging exhaust gases, said Knobloch. "One wonders why the EU has to act with regulations - but there doesn't seem to be any other way." Many prescribed little things made the cars more expensive in the end, warned the EAC managing director, whose association the five national automobile clubs ACE, ACV, ARBÖ, ARCD and KS belong to.
According to the commission plan, trucks and buses are to be equipped with an emergency braking system from 2013 onwards, which uses distance radar to detect vehicles ahead. In addition, they should be provided with a lane departure warning system. The European Parliament and the Member States still have to approve the proposals. (dpa / tmn)
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