Anyone who buys new lamps, furniture or cars from September onwards has to be prepared for rule changes. The most important innovations for consumers at a glance.
The new emissions test applies to all new cars
SFor a year now, car manufacturers have had to certify all new vehicle types with the new WLTP emissions test – from now on, all new vehicles sold in the EU must have been tested with WLTP. The new test is significantly stricter than the old test known for its loopholes and delivers more realistic – i.e. higher – emission values. For the car manufacturer, the change means a huge amount of work, which in the case of the Volkswagen Group will probably cause delivery problems until the end of the year.
In addition, WLTP also causes higher costs for new car buyers: Since the official emissions values are higher than before and the vehicle tax is linked to the emissions values, the tax also increases slightly. The Ministry of Finance wants to examine the effects of the WLTP procedure on the vehicle tax for twelve months before deciding on possible relief for motorists.
Energy-hungry halogen lamps disappear
After the light bulb, the EU is now banning many halogen lamps. In order to save energy, halogen lamps of the poor energy class D are no longer allowed to be produced in the EU. This mainly applies to pear-shaped lights. Spots and halogen lamps in desk lamps and floodlights are excluded. The dealers are allowed to continue to sell remaining stocks. Alternatives to halogen lamps are energy-saving lamps and LED lights.
Ikea tightened return rules
Customers can still return their products bought from the Swedish furniture store Ikea for 365 days for a refund of the full purchase price – but only “if they are new and unused”. According to a spokeswoman, new and unused means that customers can also unpack and assemble the furniture. They are not allowed to use them, however, and there is no money back in the event of damage during dismantling. The regulation for mattresses remains unchanged: These could continue to be placed on trial for a year.