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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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By feelingshorter on 7/13/2007 2:47:17 AM , Rating: 2
They could just take the limiter out. Don't know about all cars but I've seen it done, some limiters are located in the engine but that can still be taken out. That or you can take your speedometer out, which means you wont know how fast your going either (horrible idea).

Anyways, i know cars like the Skyline in Europe comes limited when it is imported to Europe. I'm not sure of the reasons but it might be something to do with faster car = higher import taxes or other issues with taxes. Changing out a simple chip and your European Skyline will be unlocked to use all its HP.

So limiters won't work for enthusiasts. Kind of like copyright protection on BR or HDDVD, it will be hacked if you allow the consumer to access it.

If anything, just have the government test the cars on how well it does with emissions. Then make people pay yearly fees thats attached to their drivers license (dont pay, dont drive). This could be done for extreme cases...if you own a Bugatti Veyron, i'm sure you have enough money left over to pay a heft fine for polluting an unfair share of air around you.


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