European Union wants car makers to reduce noise levels

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Cut by half before 2020

The European Union wants to adopt a new set of regulations to lower car noise levels.

These aren't the first regulations regarding permissible noise levels we've heard of, but members of the green, liberal and socialist factions part of EU's Environment Committee want to take things to a new level. The new legislation says car makers will have to lower noise emissions by half within the next seven years.

The legislation was approved by a margin of just one vote, and it doesn't include any sort of exceptions for high-performance vehicles. Speaking of sports cars, Judith Merkies who's a Dutch EU member from the Labour Party said these vehicles are the worst polluters.

For this stricter final version of the legislation to be adopted, it will have to be voted by the EU and Council in March 2013. Even if it will be approved, implementation will take a while especially nowadays when the European automotive industry is going through some difficult times.

If they really want to do this, maybe they should start with motorcycles which are generally a lot louder than cars.

Source: autoblog.nl
Published Dec 21st, 2012 9:00pm By Adrian Padeanu
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This is just plain silly. This is one step closer to a society with zero excitement and brings up the eternal question of what is the meaning of life? Next will be self driving cars being required for any town driving, then highways etc (think iRobot the movie).
Dec 24th, 2012 1:36pm
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AlinCare AlinCare
its not exciting for the others your noise..
Dec 24th, 2012 2:57pm
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9TNine 9TNine
Really...? I find the most noise comes from weekend Harley Davidson riders. But fortunately Europe does not have many of those.
Dec 23rd, 2012 3:55pm
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AlinCare AlinCare
imagine the night quietness all the day..
Dec 23rd, 2012 12:18pm
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
they should shut their faces. that's where most of the noise pollution is coming from
Dec 23rd, 2012 3:10am
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ash_UK ash_UK
People who come out with this kind of crap simply have no soul.
Dec 23rd, 2012 2:21am
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wcfuser14875 wcfuser14875
green activists are really enemy of all people. Radical idiots or green religion believers hate human kind.
Dec 22nd, 2012 8:22pm
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TomasramonCorrea TomasramonCorrea
Oh Dear. Shhhhh! Let´s be broke but in silence.
Dec 22nd, 2012 6:23pm
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VladimirMMalkin VladimirMMalkin
Next they will demand zero energy consumption cars. Europeans are way to liberal, cars are very quiet today as is.
Dec 22nd, 2012 10:54am
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Aditya.Ramesh Aditya.Ramesh
isn't a normal petrol car quit enough for these guys,,y do they want make life even more boring
Dec 22nd, 2012 7:36am
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Prestige15 Prestige15
Aston, Ferrari, Lambo, AMG, Pagani, Mclaren and Koenigsegg are propably rolling around the floor laughing.
Dec 22nd, 2012 3:07am
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bert2578 bert2578
You have forgotten about the most important one: M Power
Dec 23rd, 2012 2:51am
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Prestige15 Prestige15
Yes, the car maker that makes an awful mutted sound from likes the M5/M6 and it makes a farting sound when it change gear, the should have called themselves 'The Ultimate Farting Machine'
Dec 25th, 2012 1:33am
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
It WAS one of the most important, now makes the most booring and uninteresting sports cars ever...
Dec 25th, 2012 8:30pm
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AlinCare AlinCare
the crisis doesnt exists like the money(or god). probably the noise will come from the speakers..and tires.:) hope in 7 years to have a majority of electric cars.
Dec 22nd, 2012 2:32am
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hunker7 hunker7
most noise comes from tyres not engine.
Dec 22nd, 2012 1:42am
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
Tires and car going throught air
Dec 22nd, 2012 5:02am
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hunker7 hunker7
and that. So engines isn't the problem, air is :D
Dec 22nd, 2012 11:33am
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SegiLp SegiLp
maybe now they also want to regulate how the air flows!
Dec 23rd, 2012 3:49am
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TimeShade TimeShade
Seriously? The EU is an economic crisis, many of the countries cannot repay their debts. They had to implement security measures on Greece, forcing the greek citizens to through periods of Austerity. And they want to waste money on bull**** like this which no-one really cares about? And how the **** will reducing the noise output a vehicle makes have ANY impact whatsoever on the environment? I invite anyone in the audience to give me ONE good way it helps the environment. This is why I dislike the European Union, and this is why I'm proud to call myself (in anything automotive) a Conservative. I think the people who are proposing this just want to destroy the Automotive world stone by stone.
Dec 21st, 2012 11:21pm
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EdBacau EdBacau
we are talking about the "greens" here, they always have ridiculous demands, but that doesn't mean they get implemented.
Dec 22nd, 2012 4:06am
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NabilKassab NabilKassab
stupid as always,not big deal as europe will be soon bankrupt and gcc countries will buy it as they started and will change all rules
Dec 21st, 2012 10:55pm
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Hardly any v12s, less N/A engines, start stop, congestion charges, emission taxes, hybrids, electric cars, etc.... and now the music of a car's soul. Perhaps the world should have ended today.
Dec 21st, 2012 9:47pm
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Good idea! Stop selling diesel cars... cities will get much more quiet.
Dec 21st, 2012 9:29pm
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
that's a stupid comment. even petrol cars with sports exhausts are much louder than diesel engines.
Dec 23rd, 2012 3:07am
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Just come to Paris, diesel just make the city noisy and stinky... Even NYC is better with far more traffic. Sport exhausts are not street legal over here...
Jan 16th, 2013 12:39am
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
that's all the old stuff. the new diesels are cleaner than petrols and much more refined. sports exhausts not legal? that's a shame
Jan 16th, 2013 12:42pm
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LBento LBento
Once again, green activists that probably have never done anything in life want to implement rules at the worst time possible. It is time to do not put more pressure on the industry that is already in bad shape.
Dec 21st, 2012 9:07pm
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SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
"Noise"...you mean Music?
Dec 21st, 2012 9:01pm
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