On December 9,the European Commission passed a proposal to reduce noise pollution caused by cars,trucks,buses and other light and heavy trucks by 25%within five years.
At the same time,the European Commission also recommended that silent electric and hybrid vehicles be equipped with sound devices so that pedestrians and other vehicles on the road can hear them,thus enhancing safety.This requirement will ensure the uniform adoption of relevant technologies within the EU.
Although traffic volume has been increasing,the European motor vehicle noise emission standard has not been revised since it was issued in 1996.In the first half of this year,20 automobile noise experts wrote a letter to the European Commission calling for more effective measures to control automobile noise emissions,because its negative impact has endangered nearly half of Europe's 210 million people.
Antonio tajani,EU vice president for industrial affairs,said:"road traffic noise emissions should be significantly reduced,which has already hurt people.Our goal is to make the vehicles on the road quieter and create a healthier environment."
In the European Union's proposal to control the noise level of motor vehicles,the European Commission quoted data from the World Health Organization(who)to show that traffic noise in European cities will become a major source of environmental stimulus.
"First of all,exposure to noise can lead to sleep and daily behavior disorders,which can lead to irritability and increased stress,"the Bill said.If it is affected for a long time,it will increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and mental disorders."
In the World Health Organization's 2008 economic assessment report on traffic related health problems,special attention was paid to children's health problems caused by noise,such as extreme fidgety,poor sleep quality,serious sleep disorder,insomnia,ischemic heart disease and high blood pressure.
"In view of the harm to health,the decline in quality of life and the corresponding cost expenditure,it is necessary to reduce noise emissions effectively,"the report said
In the proposal adopted by the European Union,the European Commission believes that the currently applicable traffic noise emission regulations of the European Union should be revised and be consistent with the relevant international standards of the United Nations in the future.
Under the new regulation,which is applied across Europe,citizens of EU member states can easily purchase,sell and use motor vehicles,while ensuring that the same health,safety and environmental standards are applied across Europe."Our proposal makes international standards in the industrial sector clearer,which will help European companies sell cars outside the EU easier,"said tayani.