Petrol mowers could be in line for the chop despite a pledge by Brussels Eurocrats to cut red tape.
West Midlands MEP James Carver believes EU moves to cut emissions from combustion engines in ‘non-road mobile machinery’ are yet another example of how the EU is mowing down common sense.
The drive to cut emissions also involve bigger items such as locomotives, bulldozers, inland waterway vessels and crop harvesters.
Small garden equipment such as lawnmowers and chainsaws could also be lined up to face tough emissions tests in the name of tackling global warming.
Commenting on the moves this week, West Midlands MEP James Carver, said: “It was only the other week that Brussels’ bureaucrats were telling us how we should be cooking our toast and were taking the axe to our powerful vacuum cleaners.
"We now have interfering Eurocrats making nonsensical mutterings about petrol-driven lawnmowers and chainsaws. Canal boat and barge users could also be affected.
“The consequences of introducing tough EU rules for mowers, and other items, could well see some manufacturers abandoning the European Union altogether, and will add extra expenses to both domestic and commercial users.
“Everywhere you seem to turn an EU regulation or diktat lies in wait to constrain and control. This EU emissions drive on non-road mobile machinery should be kicked into the long grass.
“We should leave the EU, set up our own trading agreements with other countries and, in turn, but the interests of Britain first.”