“The NFDA are pleased to hear today’s announcement that the European Parliament has voted in favour of a Commission proposal to decrease vehicle noise”, commented Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association.
The favoured vote which will be applicable for both passenger cars and light commercial vehicles will mean that noise volume will see a significant decrease of 25%. The noise levels of new vehicles will be measured by a new and more representative test method.
It was also proposed that electric and hybrid electric vehicles will be fitted with sound generating devices, which would make these cars safer for pedestrians and visually impaired persons. The move will be carried out over a transitional period of 5 years.
Robinson continued, “It is encouraging to hear today’s proposals in what is slowly becoming a cleaner, greener more environmentally friendly industry. The move has recently be tested and proven following the introduction of quieter engines in F1 cars.
“There has also been a great amount of public demand for electric vehicles to omit a noise to add safety value for pedestrians, and so the NFDA supports this proposal fully. The move will increase road safety and undoubtedly help avoiding road-accident injuries”.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Retail Motor Industry represents the interests of operators in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man providing sales and services to motorists and businesses. The RMI has a formal association with the independent Scottish Motor Trade Association which represents the retail motor industry in Scotland.