Ex­perts slam plan to pump up tyre prices

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

MO­TOR­ING in­dus­try ex­perts yes­ter­day crit­i­cised new leg­is­la­tion which will make Ir­ish driv­ers pay al­most €3 more per car tyre.

The new Vis­i­ble En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Cost will add €2.80 to the price of a car tyre and €1.50 to each mo­tor­bike tyre, with funds used to pay for the safe dis­posal of all end-of-life tyres.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter De­nis Naugh­ten said the move will stop the dump­ing of thou­sands of tyres ev­ery year. It’s es­ti­mated there are up to 750,000 old tyres stock­piled across Ire­land.

How­ever, the tyre in­dus­try ar­gued there is a lack of aware­ness of the new leg­is­la­tion among con­sumers, and called on the Min­is­ter to an­nounce a high-pro­file pub­lic­ity cam­paign to make driv­ers aware of what is hap­pen­ing.

Speaking to RTÉ News, in­dus­try ex­pert Robert Ferguson said: ‘If we don’t get en­force­ment, the scheme will col­lapse be­fore it even be­gins.’

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