Thursday, 12 March 2009

Car wheels come to a halt


Tyre dealers in Bournemouth say vintage and classic car owners could find it more difficult to get replacement tyres because of new EU rules.

The warning comes after the European Parliament passed legislation to make tyres across Europe more environmentally friendly.

Dennis Owen the owner of Bournemouth Tyres said: "If someone has an old classic and they damage one of their tyres it's really difficult because they don't make them anymore.

"The only place you're going to find one of them is on ebay or something like that," Mr Owen added.

The regulations are aiming to improve safety standards, cut noise pollution levels by 50% and increase vehicles fuel efficiency.

Mr Owen, who backs the move, said: "As we're heading towards this greener world, if it is going to bring the fuel down then brilliant.

"They are always improving them – some of the new tyres that are coming out are really nice," he added.

However, Mr Owen is still worried about the cost, arguing that customers will still want value for money.

"They are going to want to know if they are more expensive if they are going to last longer," he added.

Bournemouth's transport councillor Robert Lawton says the council would support the plans. He said: "We're all in agreement – anything that helps the environment is welcome."

The EU legislation is set to come into effect in 2012.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice post.

wheel and tire package said...

If someone has an old classic and they damage one of their tyres it's really difficult because Tire Company don’t make them anymore. And they say that the only place to find one of them is on eBay. The aim here is to improve safety standards, cut noise and increase fuel efficiency. Because we are now heading towards a greener world that’s why they improve the tire making, and the new tyres that are coming out are really nice and environmentally friendly.