First it was noisy engines and tyres – now the powers that be are targeting noisy roads!
Growing noise levels in urban areas have been the source of mounting concern in recent years as noise pollution can have serious adverse effects on human health and the environment.
A European Union regulation to make tyres quieter is going through the proper channels at the moment before becoming law.
But reducing noise is more than just making silent engines and tyres. It is also about “silent pavements”, or, how innovative infrastructure can help improve traffic conditions, according to a report on www.thegovmonitors.com.
Apparently new techniques mean road surfaces can help reduce the total sound output by up to 10 decibels.
Meanwhile, the arrival on the scene of electric and hybrid vehicles is proving to be a bit of a double edged sword.
On the one side the only sound they emit is tyre rolling noise, on the other this represents a risk to those who rely on the sound of a vehicle to warn them of its approach, such as visually impaired pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.
Denna Bowman, Head Office