Declaration on Better Tyres

Regular paper

Henk Wolfert


Wednesday 3 june, 2015, 16:40 - 17:00

0.8 Rome (118)

Almost 50% of residents in European cities are exposed to noise levels above 55 dB and nearly 15% of residents are exposed to noise levels higher than 65%. One third of people living in urban areas are exposed to concentrations of air pollutants above European and/or National limits. In total 31.500 people were killed in 2010 in traffic accidents. One third of these accidents happen in urban areas. In general it could be stated that in urban areas, traffic is the largest contributor of CO2, which as we know, leads to global warming. These facts, especially the noise burden in urban areas, was the reason for Working Group Noise EUROCITIES and the Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Environment to draft a Declaration on Better Tyres. Better Tyres are less noisy, safer and less energy consuming. The Declaration invites European cities and towns to include the use of better tyres in their green procurement policies in order to provide their municipal car fleet with better tyres when replacing tyres or when buying or leasing vehicles. By signing the declaration signatories commit themselves to do so and also to promote the use of better tyres towards companies, citizens and other institutes in their jurisdiction. By changing to better tyres not only the environment and health of citizens will be improved but also their financial resources because applying better tyres give a good return of investment.

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