Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the water the EU Brussels think-tank comes up with another cracker ... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2770154/Now-Brussels-targets-lawnmower-Petrol-driven-machines-set-face-emission-tests-alongside-chainsaws-river-barges.html It seems from the article (which is far too sensible to be made up by the DM) seems to indicated that having now banned hi-power vacuum cleaners (over 16oo watts) they are now looking at non road machines! To start with I cannot for the life of me see that it matter not a jot if your vacuum cleaner is under or over 1600 watts ... the stuffin thing works by electricity which unless I am totally mistaken doesn't contribute to greenhouse gasses but hey ho I've been known to be wrong however .... It now seems that the ride-on mower / chain saw / river barges etc etc are going to be subject to an emissions test. So can someone let me know how the flying fcuk they are going to police it? Ok things like tractors / combine harvesters (also mentioned) if they go on the road will have to have some form of MOT which they could add the emission test to however how the hell are they going to find out about my trusty Sthil chainsaw / brushcutter which I service myself ... and all the other petrol driven machines dotted around the country. Are there going to be hoards of "Secret Agents" with powers of entry hiding under the hedge waiting for me to start woodcutting before leaping out and demanding an emissions certificate???? Not only that - considering the amount of goods that are transported on the continent by river barge and or diesel trains I think they are going to have their work cut out to make it work! The only thing I can see this achieving is an excuse for the farmers to put the price of foodstuffs up (if they've got to pay to have their John Deere emissions tested) and if they are going to ban any form of petrol powered machinery (other than cars/lorries) from being manufactured in the EU then its going to drive the manufacturers out. thus imposing additional import duty from outside the EU pushing prices up. So if there are any EU bureaucrats reading this .... GET A FCUKING LIFE!