A noise label for motor vehicles: towards quieter traffic

Regular paper

Johan Sliggers

Ministry of the Environment

Monday 1 june, 2015, 11:00 - 11:20

0.8 Rome (118)

The ‘EU Regulation on the sound level of motor vehicles’ calls on the European Commission to assess and develop vehicle noise labels and, if appropriate, submit a legislative proposal to the European Parliament and the Council. A noise label for motor vehicles would enable consumers to take noise production into account in their purchasing decisions. It would raise consumer awareness of the noise levels produced by, and experienced within, vehicles. Moreover, the label will encourage manufacturers to develop quieter motor vehicles. A noise label should integrate both interior noise and external noise. Existing EU Regulations establish maximum noise limits for motor vehicles and road noise from tyres. An ISO standard defines noise levels within a vehicle. All can provide a basis for a noise labelling system for vehicles. The presentation explores preconditions for a noise label system for vehicles and offers an model for a noise label for vehicles. A labelling system will be described for (private) cars which relies on the award of points for interior noise, powertrain noise, and tyre noise. A labelling system for other vehicle categories is also explored. The European Commission could use this model for noise labels for vehicles as a stepping stone.

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