The European Commission proposes to reduce vehicle noise

Earlier this month, the European Commission proposed to reduce noise produced
by cars, vans, buses, coaches, light and heavy trucks. Noise limit values would
be lowered in two steps of each 2 dB(A) for passenger cars, vans, buses and
coaches. For trucks the reduction would be 1 dB(A) in the first step and 2
dB(A) in the second step.

The first step is to apply two years after the publication of the text once
approved by the EP and Member States and the second step is foreseen three
years thereafter.

Altogether, these measures will reduce vehicle noise nuisance by some 25%. In
addition, the Commission intends to introduce a new and more reliable test
method to measure sound emissions.

Moreover it is proposed that electric and hybrid electric vehicles can be
fitted optionally with sound generating devices which would make these cars
safer. Noise emissions limits have not changed since 1996 despite increasing

The World Health Organisation concluded that traffic related noise may account
for 1 million healthy years of life lost per year in Western Europe. Hence,
reduction of traffic noise is essential to improve the health and quality of
life of Europe's citizens.

More information - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work