Conservative MEP fights costly EU red tape for lifeboats and tractors
Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament today, which will exclude lifeboat launchers and protect tractors from unworkable EU regulation.
Ian Duncan MEP has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament today, which will exclude lifeboat launchers and protect tractors from unworkable EU regulation. MEPs voted on the Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) regulation, which aims to cut the pollution caused by non-road going vehicles.
As the Conservative MEP charged with examining the proposal, Ian battled to ensure that lifeboat launchers are not bound by the same rules as lawn mowers, bulldozers, and railway locomotives and that farmers are able to replace engines in tractors rather than having to pay for a brand new one. NRMM vehicles are responsible for some 15% of all emissions in the EU, and the regulation aims to reduce these further, bringing them into line with the rules applied in both the United States and Japan.
Ian commented saying,
“The NRMM regulation aims to tackle emissions and improve the environment; however, I argued hard that there was a clear case to protect tractors and exclude lifeboat launchers. It would have been technically impossible to adapt lifeboat launchers to these rules, and the last thing we want to do is restrict the ability of the lifeboat service to do their job. The regulation would also have required farmers to replace their tractor engines up to twenty five years before they would normally do so.
We now have a workable piece of legislation which balances the aim of cutting emissions, with the need to treat individual sectors of industry sensibly. As long as we remain part of the UK, I will fight for the best deal possible for the people of Scotland.”
In September 2014, the European Commission argued that the NRMM Directive 97/68 no longer reflected the current state of technology.
The new NRMM regulation agreed today will cover all kinds of combustion engines, used for example in small handheld equipment, generating sets, harvesting and agricultural machinery, construction machinery (such as. cranes) railcars and locomotives, and inland waterway vessels). These engines will have to meet the same requirements regardless of their fuels, in order to boost innovation in the sector.