‘Pumping tires should be free’ for lower emissions
Car drivers should be able to pump their tires for free in as many gas stations as possible. At the right tire pressure, cars consume less fuel and emit less CO2 consequently. That is what the Dutch government party, VVD, puts forward. State secretary, Stientje van Veldhoven, supports the idea.
Many Dutch citizens are driving around with too soft tires, according to a survey by the Ministry of Infrastructure. It makes cars less energy-efficient and more polluting. By sensitizing people to check their tire pressure, VVD MP, Rembo Dijkstra, thinks there’s profit to make, for the driver and the climate as well. Well-pumped tires save fuel consumption and don’t wear out that fast.
“In other countries, pumping your tires usually is for free,” Dijkstra says. “In The Netherlands, you almost always have to pay for the use of the pump.” State secretary van Veldhoven is going to start some talks with the sector to check possibilities.