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Friday 19 September 2014

Meddling eurocrats to ban supercharged hoovers as Brussels lays down new rules

Published 24/08/2014 | 02:30

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The EU is banning powerful vacuum cleaners

Some of the most powerful hoovers and vacuum cleaners are set to be banned in less than a week's time, as a raft of brand new European regulations are introduced across the Continent.

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While bonkers regulations on the ban of curved bananas are the stuff of legend, European legislators are beginning to overreach themselves again, with a number of nonsensical new rules.

Earlier this year it emerged that new guidelines were to be introduced to protect consumers from certain mosses that give iconic Chanel No 5 perfume its unique smell.

Now the meddling bureaucrats of Brussels have turned their ire against... vacuum cleaners.

On September 1, companies doing business in Europe will be prohibited from distributing, importing or manufacturing hoovers powered by motors above 1600 watts.

The European Commission says that the new regulations, which are aimed at cutting energy use and combatting global warming, will mean that European consumers "get better vacuum cleaners than ever before".

However some of the vacuums which are set to be blacklisted have been chosen by consumer bible Which? as the best hoovers available on the market.

The average power of a hoover or vacuum cleaner across Europe was 1,800 watts last year. Under the new rules, this will have to be cut to a limit of 900 watts by September 2017. The incoming EU regulations will require machines to be sold with a new system of labels which will show their cleaning performance.

"Vacuum cleaners will use less energy for the same performance - how much dust they pick up. This will help consumers to save money and make Europe use less energy," said European spokeswoman Marlene Holzer last year.

"As a result of the new EU eco-design and labelling regulations, consumers will also get better vacuum cleaners."

Europe's outright ban on supercharged hoovers continues the trend towards more energy efficient products.

Brussels bureaucrats rubberstamped rules to ban traditional light bulbs, with consumers forced to buy more expensive bulbs, which took longer to light up.

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