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Parliamentary questions
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24 September 2020
E-005220/2020
Question for written answer E-005220/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Tiemo Wölken (S&D), Jens Geier (S&D), Ismail Ertug (S&D), Evelyne Gebhardt (S&D)
 Subject: Reducing road traffic noise through vehicle design

Road traffic noise is a recognised problem and its impact on people and the environment is regulated under EU law by the Environmental Noise Directive. However, there are no rules regulating noise emissions generated by individual vehicles, for example as part of the type-approval process, so that noise pollution in EU towns and cities continues to shorten lives by hundreds of thousands of years. Tyre certification does make for greater transparency, but the procedures lay down no binding limit values for noise emissions. As the Commission acknowledged in the Tyre Labelling Regulation (Regulation No 1222/2009), ‘technological developments make it possible to significantly reduce external rolling noise beyond those minimum requirements’. The aim must therefore be to reduce noise levels further.

1. To what extent does the Commission see noise emissions as part of the European Green Deal, and what measures does it intend to take during its term of office?

2. In the Commission’s view, would it make sense, as part of the type-approval procedure for tyres for cars, vans and lorries, to set mandatory noise emission limits and, in the case of motorbikes, to carry out real-world type-approval tests that measure maximum noise levels and thwart noise defeat devices, and what are its reasons for taking this view?

3. What other technical options, such as insulation and special parts fitted to road cars or road design, does the Commission consider would help to reduce noise emissions, and what measures does it intend to take to promote these options?

Original language of question: DE
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