Apparently, traffic noise is directly linked to health problems!
It emerged on the back of the new EU regulations which dictate all new car tyres must conform to strict new guidelines to make them safer, greener and quieter.
Anti-noise campaigners have welcomed the tough new tyres regulation, which will be enforced gradually from 2011, but question why it needs to take so long before they come into full effect.
Mary Stevens, from Environmental Protection UK, says they could lead to a reduction in tyre noise equivalent to taking half the nation’s cars off the road.
She added that two pieces of medical research had linked traffic noise to health problems.
“Research done in London found a real link between traffic noise and the risk of a heart attack, and some more research done in Sweden came out recently which again reinforced there is a link between cardiac health effects and traffic noise,” she said.
She added that she was hopeful drivers would take note of the new regulations and fleet operators might look at their tyres standards before they come into force.
Katherine Clarkson, etyres National Accounts