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Transport Ministers approve air and noise pollution charges for lorries

Today, in Luxembourg, European Transport Ministers reached an agreement on revised road charging rules for lorries (the Eurovignette directive). Nina Renshaw, deputy director at Transport & Environment (T&E), welcomed the agreement but also stressed that a number of issues remain.

Effectiveness of EU tyre label scheme will depend on retailers

The European Parliament has approved a new energy efficiency, safety and noise labelling scheme for new tyres. Transport & Environment says the label is a step forward but much will now depend on national authorities being strict on implementing the scheme.

Road noise and blood pressure

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A Swedish study says a quarter of European people live near roads where noise levels are likely to raise blood pressure to risky levels. A team from the University of Lund found that the risk of high blood pressure rose by more than 25% with noise levels above 60 decibels, putting them at risk of heart disease and stroke. The studay, which was based on a sample of just under 28,000 people, is published in the Environmental Health Journal.

EU punctures tyre efficiency label plan

Sustainable transport campaigners and consumer groups have jointly criticised a last-minute EU deal on a new energy efficiency, safety and noise label for vehicle tyres. The latest legal text, set to be finalised on Thursday, would effectively turn the scheme into a voluntary programme, with no clear rules on how or where the labels should be displayed.