How the motor industry hijacked regulation of vehicle noise

August 31, 2009

Noise emissions from motor vehicles are regulated by the World Forum for Harmonisation of Vehicle Regulations. The European Community is a signatory, as well as individual EU Member States, meaning that UNECE vehicle regulations are directly applicable in EU and national law.

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This briefing explains the long history of failure of the UNECE to deliver effective regulation for quieter vehicles and argues for the regulation of vehicle noise to be moved back to the EU level in Brussels where there is appropriate democratic oversight.