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Parliament debates a crushing new requirement for European automobiles.

The European Parliament is set to begin debate on a far-reaching proposal to reduce the carbon footprint of European vehicles.  The new plan is both large and far-reaching, but the most shocking part is a requirement to ban within six years all vehicles with a top speed of over 162km/h (101 mph). At a stroke, this would eliminate the manufacture and sale of every sports car in Europe, along with larger, more powerful sedans. The plan also includes a requirement that carmakers spend 20% of all advertising to warn consumers of the CO2 emissions of their products.

The plan's author is Chris Davies, a member of Parliament and spokesman for the EC's committee on the environment and public health. Mr. Davies official position is, "cars designed to go at stupid speeds have to be built to withstand the effects of a crash at those speeds. They are heavier than necessary, less fuel efficient and produce too many emissions."  This of course ignores the fact that the fastest sports cars are designed as light as possible and actually weigh much less than the average family car.

The plan is known as the Carbon Allowance Reduction System, or CARS for short... apparently in the hopes that a catchy, easy-to-remember name will help sell it.

Mr. Davies is also working on a new labeling scheme for Europe, whereby all goods and services purchased in Europe-- everything from an airline ticket to a packet of cornflakes-- will be required to be labeled with an official "carbon statement"-- the result of a complex and expensive accounting of the total emissions generated during manufacture, shipping, and use. He tosses off concerns over the cost of the project as unwarranted piffle.

Europe has long been known as home to some of the planet's fastest sports cars-- as well as its fastest public motorways.  Will one stroke of a pen change all that? Contact your local MEP to find out.

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Take this clue
By Griswold on 7/12/2007 10:02:21 AM , Rating: 1
With the exception of two thirds of the german autobahn network, all european countries have speed limits well below 162kph - it therefore wouldnt have the slightest impact on 99% of the Joe Average population in europe - even in germany, since the majority there doesnt constantly drive faster than 160kph and thats not only due to all the traffic jams and construction sites.

In a nutshell: it would have an impact on notorious leadfoots with too much money for tickets and people with too much money for sports cars they cant possibly take to their limits, except on race tracks.

On the manufacturer side, it would of course affect the ferraris, porsches and aston martins of the world, but they could can sell their "unlocked" cars to the rest of the world and do what all german manufacturers have been doing for ages: electronically limit the cars to 162kph instead of 250kph, as it is now.

But in reality, this will never go through. This is just another bubble that will be forgotten in 6 months - its not the first time such a proposal surfaces and while I think its generally a good idea, it wont happen.

Oh and masher, you're late with this by several months and it really doesnt play into your cards anyway - look elsewhere.

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