Vehicle noise: impact of Commission, Parliament and Council positions

Traffic noise is the second biggest environmental factor affecting Europe’s health after air pollution. Almost half of EU citizens are regularly exposed to road traffic noise over the level that the World Health Organisation (WHO) considers to pose a serious risk to health. Noise pollution has been linked to 50,000 fatal heart attacks every year in Europe. According to a recent Eurobarometer, close to half of us believe noise affects our health "to a large extent". The first implementation of vehicle noise standards was in the early 1970s, the last reduction was in 1995. Unfortunately this has yielded only a small effect on the noise levels of actual traffic.

To assist the institutions through the swift-second reading agreement, TNO developed a report intended to assist the European Council in finalising its common position. The report impact assesses the three available limit values set by the Commission, the Parliament and the Council.