The growth in road transport is leading to a majority of EU member states failing to meet their mandatory targets as set out in European air pollution legislation.
The European Parliament's internal market committee has voted to support proposed legislation that would make tyres quieter and more energy efficient. The decision effectively overturns a vote last month by the parliament's industry committee that could have severely weakened the proposed standards.
A European Parliament-backed report that supports the weakening of new tyre noise standards has been heavily criticised by the leading independent experts in Europe.
Millions of European citizens troubled by road traffic noise have had their hopes of a quieter and healthier life set back by a deal between MEPs, the tyre industry and the Italian government.
Editorial by Nina Renshaw
There's something strange about the subject of road traffic noise. While progress on other issues that concern the environmental movement such as exhaust emissions, road user charging, cleaner technology has been painfully slow at times, at least there has been some progress. Yet road noise seems like a blind spot in the mirror of those driving Europe’s transport policy.
MEPs will debate the idea of including climate change costs in the revised Eurovignette directive.
MEPs have approved a compromise deal that brings closer a new directive making it obligatory for local authorities to seek cleaner vehicles for public transport contracts.
Motorway tolls in Germany will increase by 25% next year.
Background briefing on the EC proposal for Tyres in Type-approval Requirements for the General Safety of Motor Vehicles COD 2008/100
Under pressure from the tyre industry and the Italian government, the European Parliament's industry committee has voted to water-down proposed legislation to make car tyres quieter and more energy efficient.