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European Parliament draft report hinders plans for quieter cars

The lives of millions of Europeans could be blighted by traffic noise pollution for years to come if the European Parliament – under pressure from car manufacturers - backs draft changes to proposed future vehicle noise emissions standards in a forthcoming vote. Transport & Environment, the sustainable transport campaigners, are calling for rules that will lead to a real-world drop in traffic noise, which is a major cause of heart disease and has a negative impact on children’s learning.

Commissioner’s legal u-turn opens the door to megatrucks

Lorry road trains as long as medium-sized aircraft could be permitted to travel throughout Europe, following an unprecedented reinterpretation of existing law by European Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas.  Sustainable transport campaigners Transport & Environment say the change is undemocratic and undermines the Commissioner’s own key objectives for the transport sector of reducing emissions and boosting rail freight.  

A Sound Investment: Reducing Vehicle Noise

When? 
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 -
17:30 to 19:00
Where? 
European Parliament
Altiero Spinelli Building, 5th floor balcony
Brussels
Belgium

In early July, the European Parliament's ENVI Committee will vote on the first update to EU vehicle noise limits in 20 years.  Judith Merkies MEP invites you to a discussion on this important public health issue.  The event will also include the official launch of the Sound Investment Joint Declaration: a five point plan for cutting traffic noise in urban areas by half.  To register, please contact Cécile Toubeau with your full name, date of birth and place of residence.

Delivering the Goods: Making Lorries Smarter, Safer and Greener

When? 
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 -
12:00 to 17:00
Where? 
Representation of Bavaria to the EU
Rue Wiertz 77
1050 Brussels
Belgium
An afternoon conference for European policymakers to identify solutions to the environmental and safety impacts of road freight. The programme will examine technical solutions for smarter and safer lorries and map a way forward for EU legislators to encourage smarter road freight.  

MEPs urged to end EU’s ‘deafening silence’ on traffic noise

The fight against traffic noise is being directed at MEPs, as the European Parliament’s environment committee prepares for a vital vote in July. T&E and two other Brussels-based NGOs have published an internet video highlighting the problem, while a report for T&E published last month showed the benefits of ambitious vehicle noise legislation would outweigh the costs by 30 times.

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