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European Parliament condemns European citizens to noisier cities

The lives of millions of Europeans will be blighted by an increase in road traffic noise for years to come as the European Parliament today voted to weaken current noise limits for sports cars and trucks. Sustainable transport group Transport & Environment (T&E) and the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) express their disappointment in today's parliamentary vote, and resume calls on Member States to strengthen limits to lead to quieter and, hence, healthier cities in Europe.

Published on February 6, 2013 - 15:44

Noise emission of Land Rover off-road vehicles

Ahead of the noise vote on February 6, UK MEPs are being heavily lobbied to vote against noise standards by Land Rover, complaining that they can't comply with proposed limit values. Dutch consultancy TNO researched data in the official vehicle noise database and discovered that not only will Land Rover be able to comply, but most of their models already do!If Land Rover need some extra help achieving tighter noise standards, they could easily cut some dB by replacing their extremely noisy tyres (75dB) with equivalent quieter ones (72dB), which would also save fuel (see attached image - courtesy of

Published on February 1, 2013 - 12:26

10 questions for 2013 to test how important sustainable transport is for European leaders

Opinion by our Director, Jos Dings A new year has come, full of new challenges and opportunities. Fortunately, for now, Europe seems to have averted the worst emergencies. This should allow for some less ad-hoc and more strategic thinking about recipes to get ourselves out of the woods.
Published on January 16, 2013 - 09:56

A win/win/win situation – more fuel-efficient cars are quieter cars

New research commissioned by T&E has confirmed that measures aimed at improving fuel efficiency also reduce vehicle noise. The report was published just days before the environment committee of the European Parliament voted to tighten existing noise standards for vehicles, narrowly defeating an alternative proposal that would have allowed much louder cars, buses and lorries.
Published on December 24, 2012 - 10:33

Vehicle Noise Regulation: A Sound Investment?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 08:30 to 12:00

The workshop was hosted by the Cyprus EU Presidency for the technical harmonization of noise working group and other officials of member states working on the vehicle noise regulations. The purpose of the event was to update participants in new evidence concerning the impacts, sources and solutions and costs of abating vehicle noise.

Published on December 20, 2012 - 13:44

European Parliament vote for quieter vehicles a sound investment

After three postponements (1), the Environment Committee of the European Parliament has voted for tighter future noise limits for vehicles. The standards of future noise limit values was accepted in a tight vote defeating an alternative proposal that would have allowed much louder sports cars, buses and trucks onto the road.

Published on December 18, 2012 - 15:39

Measures to improve fuel efficiency also reduce vehicle noise, T&E report reveals

After three postponements the Environment Committee of the European Parliament will finally vote next week on noise limits for vehicles. Contrary to industry concerns, a new report published today by Transport & Environment (T&E), Europe’s sustainable transport campaigners, shows that making cars more fuel efficient is fully compatible with making them quieter too.

Published on December 13, 2012 - 14:54

Road Vehicle Noise versus fuel consumption and pollutants emissions

In the context of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) vote on a Commission proposal [COM (2011) 856] for a Regulation on the sound levels of motor vehicles, this new study from TNO, independent experts that advise the Commission on both noise and CO2 regulations, shows that synergies between making cars more fuel efficient and quieter outweigh any conflict generated. To the question ‘does further noise reduction on road vehicles conflict with reducing CO2 emissions?’, the answer is clearly no, the report says, based both on technical considerations and on-going development of engine and noise reduction technology.

Published on December 13, 2012 - 13:22