Despite a pledge to cut red tape Eurocrats are actually increasing it – and petrol-driven lawnmowers are next for the chop.
“Another round of nonsense emanating from the EU,” said local UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall.
Lawnmowers and chainsaws are among the small gardening and handheld equipment being lined up to face tough emissions tests in the name of tackling global warming.
The drive to cut emissions from combustion engines in ‘non-road mobile machinery’, also involves bigger items including excavators, bulldozers, crop harvesters, railcars, locomotives and inland waterway vessels such as river barges.
“Talk about wanting to cut emissions, these overpaid petty bureaucrats emit enough hot air to last a lifetime and infuriate millions of hard working people just trying to get on with life,” said Mr Nuttall, deputy party leader.
‘These Eurocrats are fanatics. They are so blind to their own failings that they do not even realise the contempt which their hyperactivity breeds in the voting public. They just need to stop, take a deep breath and take a look at themselves.’
“Targeting petrol-driven lawnmowers is just another example of them mowing down common sense. A scythe is needed to hack through the nannying nonsense.
“Like all of their rules it is likely to have unintended consequences such as some manufacturers abandoning the EU for more profitable markets and product owners being unable to get replacement parts.”