ENVI Committee vote on Sound level of motor vehicles
Motor vehicle noise limits must be cut drastically to protect the health of EU citizens, said Environment Committee MEPs who approved an update of the relevant legislation on Tuesday 17.12 by 30 votes to 27, with two abstentions. They also recommended introducing a labelling scheme to inform consumers about the noise levels of new cars
The proposed new regulation should also set standards for the audibility of hybrid and electric vehicles for vulnerable road users. The option for manufacturers to equip their vehicles with the Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS), which by continuous sound informs pedestrians of a vehicle in operation, will remain unfortunately only voluntary and has not to be compulsory as many NGO’s where asking for.