European Parliament votes on draft law for lower noise limit in cars
Traffic noise is scientifically proved harmful for human health and the environment. For these purposes the European Parliament moved towards the implementation of a draft law that focuses on the limitation of noise generated by the vehicle engine. The engine noise would reduce to 68 decibels (db) from today’s limit of 74bd. The amendments will take place within 6 to 8 years, initially the limit will apply to the cars introduced to the market and on the second phase all vehicles would need to follow. More powerful cars would be allowed for 2 to 6 extra decibels while heavy lorries decibel limits will remain the same at 81 db. In addition, noise labels will be introduced for the new cars in a similar way as the labels that already exist for CO2, tyre noise and fuel efficiency. For quiet and hybrid car engines, the Parliament expressed its concern as they may pose a danger to the pedestrians and therefore suggested the provision of adding some noise to these cars by developing the “Acoustic vehicle Alerting Systems” (AVAS).
· “Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the sound level of motor vehicles”, COM(2011) 856 final, 09.12.2011