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Sound level of motor vehicles

Half of the people living in urban areas suffer from unbearable traffic noise.

Noise limits have not been updated in the European regulation since 1996. Persistent exposure to high levels of traffic noise could severely exhaust people, disrupt organs´ proper functioning and lead to the development of cardiovascular and other diseases

The European Commission has presented a proposes to reduce the noise produced by passenger cars and lorries. The new noise limits would first apply to new v ehicles being approved.

The new limits would be lowered in two steps, namely two and five years after the new rules have come into force. For conventional cars the limit would be reduced from 72 decibels to 70 and finally 68, for heavy trucks it would be lowered from 81 to 80 and then 78. In addition the Commission wants to set standards for making electric vehicles. 

Report on the proposal for a regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the sound level of motor vehicles

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