Now it is official. Britain and France have both announced that not just diesel engine cars but petrol too will no longer be sold in their markets after 2040. Little Norway would like achieve this ambitious goal as early as 2025.
Well, it had to happen; the European Union has announced it will start anti-dumping proceedings against China in respect of its ever swelling volumes of truck tyre imports into Europe.
The EU is already treading (sorry about the pun) a well trodden path in this respect behind the USA, India and others. As these markets got tougher for China’s tyre producers many turned their sights to Europe only to force already depressed prices even lower. Not clever.
If you have not already noticed, some profound changes are taking place in personal transportation, hitherto known as ‘car ownership’. While I believe the demand for independent personal mobility will remain as strong as ever the way in which this will be delivered will alter dramatically.