NOBODY IN THE LEGISLATIVE LABYRINTH OF BRUSSELS HAS YET BEEN HEARD TO MUTTER THE TERM ‘EURO SEVEN’, AT LEAST NOT IN PUBLIC. BUT THE BUREAUCRATS’ BIG GUNS HAVE FRESH POWDER RAMMED HOME: THEY ARE NOW AIMED AT A GAS THAT’S GONE LARGELY UNSCATHED UP TO NOW, CO2. IAN NORWELL UNRAVELS HIS BALL OF STRING, AND ENTERS THE MAZE.
The hunt for improved fuel economy – even in the abnormal loads industry – is a never-ending quest. From a low of around 113.9 pence per litre in February (2015), average Diesel prices in the UK have been back up to 120ppl and down again to 116.6ppl in July. This may have led to some operators to relax for a while, but the message from industry-watchers is unanimous: it won’t last, fuel economy can’t be put on the back burner.