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European Union wants car makers to reduce noise levels

 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

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Comments (29)

 GMW GMW
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).
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December 24, 2012 6:36 am
 9TNine 9TNine
Really...? I find the most noise comes from weekend Harley Davidson riders. But fortunately Europe does not have many of those.
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December 23, 2012 8:55 am
 AlinCare AlinCare
imagine the night quietness all the day..
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December 23, 2012 5:18 am
 nahidrahman nahidrahman
they should shut their faces. that's where most of the noise pollution is coming from
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December 22, 2012 8:10 pm
 ash_UK ash_UK
People who come out with this kind of crap simply have no soul.
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December 22, 2012 7:21 pm
 wcfuser14875 wcfuser14875
green activists are really enemy of all people. Radical idiots or green religion believers hate human kind.
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December 22, 2012 1:22 pm
 TomasramonCorrea TomasramonCorrea
Oh Dear. Shhhhh! Let´s be broke but in silence.
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December 22, 2012 11:23 am
 VladimirMMalkin VladimirMMalkin
Next they will demand zero energy consumption cars. Europeans are way to liberal, cars are very quiet today as is.
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December 22, 2012 3:54 am
 Aditya.Ramesh Aditya.Ramesh
isn't a normal petrol car quit enough for these guys,,y do they want make life even more boring
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December 22, 2012 12:36 am
 Prestige15 Prestige15
Aston, Ferrari, Lambo, AMG, Pagani, Mclaren and Koenigsegg are propably rolling around the floor laughing.
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December 21, 2012 8:07 pm
 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.
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December 21, 2012 7:32 pm
 hunker7 hunker7
most noise comes from tyres not engine.
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December 21, 2012 6:42 pm
 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.
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December 21, 2012 4:21 pm
 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
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December 21, 2012 3:55 pm
 DTM DTM
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.
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December 21, 2012 2:47 pm
 SebXX SebXX
Good idea! Stop selling diesel cars... cities will get much more quiet.
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December 21, 2012 2:29 pm
 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.
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December 21, 2012 2:07 pm
 SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
"Noise"...you mean Music?
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December 21, 2012 2:01 pm