Editorial by Nina Renshaw, T&E Policy OfficerIt’s strange how sometimes the most obvious problem is the one that is overlooked. One of the tasks the environmental movement has is to get people to understand the urgency of harmful emissions when there isn’t much tangible awareness of either those emissions or the problems they cause. By contrast, noise is a tangible problem, something we hear, especially when it keeps us awake. Yet at EU level, the problem of noise is a tale of severe neglect.
The Commission has once again postponed proposals on limiting road noise from tyres by six months.
[mailchimp_signup][/mailchimp_signup]Tyre noise: response to the EU public consultation (part 1 of 2)
The Commission’s first consultation for several years on Europe’s maximum permitted tyre noise has ended. T&E has called for an overall reduction of at least five decibels.
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The European Commission has opened a public consultation on railway noise on its website. The closing date is 31 July.
T&E has a new toy on its website!
It is a demonstration of tyre noise, and is all part of efforts to highlight how much more could be done to reduce the disruption caused by road transport to people living near busy roads.
T&E is urging the EU to produce a harmonised standard for quiet road surfaces, a first step towards more widespread introduction of the technology.
T&E is getting increasingly concerned at the failure of the Commission to produce a promised directive on noise from car tyres.
Editorial by Nina Renshaw
Imagine a situation in which the legally permitted maximum levels for vehicle emissions are the same as they were 30 years ago. Not only would it be socially and environmentally irresponsible, but it would be entirely unnecessary, given the advances in automotive technology and fuels. So why does the EU accept a situation in which noise standards have not increased in real terms since the 1970s?