Ward's Auto reports the European Commission is pushing new measures that could burden automakers with stiff noise regulations for cars, buses and trucks. Under the proposed legislation, automakers would need to curb vehicle noise levels by two decibels two years after the legislation's wording is agreed upon by EC member countries. Another two decibel reduction would occur three years after the first installment. Trucks, meanwhile, would be forced to reduce noise by one decibel in the first wave of reductions and two decibels in the second wave. Officials behind the proposed rules say the change will slash road noise by 25 percent and greatly improve the health and quality of life of European citizens.
Automakers are busily lobbying for amendments to the proposal, saying they have issues with the timing, levels and legal categories contained within the noise-control measures. The European Automobile Manufacturers Association says that while the first step could be implemented immediately, the second step could take as many as six years to accomplish. Head over to Ward's to read the full report.

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      Words cannot express how much I hate the EU and their bullshit, especially with their car laws. I'm German and I live in Germany (duh) and I'm so sick of the EU butting into every little detail of our lives. Some of their rules are good, but some are just plain stupid and poorly thought-out. Most of my fellow citizens have tolerated the EU long enough and now are pretty much fed up with them and even our own government. Like this one. Making cars quieter means more noise insulating materials (or designs) which in turn will drive up research and development costs and ultimately result in the consumer paying more money for a car. Way to go. Owning a car here is already a luxury. We pay so many taxes for our cars, for power and emissions output, for our car fuel, for our car insurance and our car prices. And now we're supposed to pay more for some bullshit noise rule? I live near a busy street in Munich. I have double glazed windows that keep the exterior noise out. When I look down at the traffic I hear nothing. And yet, when I open the windows and hear the noise, I am not bothered. A lot of times I listen to the noise to help me focus (I work best with some noise or sound in the background, traffic sounds, TV, radio, music etc.). And seriously, cars have gotten quieter over the last few years. As someone here already pointed out, wind noises also create, um, noise. When will the EU "ban wind"? Furthermore, the solution to the problem could also be solved like this: prevent housing developers from building apartments next to Autobahns. Jesus H Christ, you'd be amazed at the number of people, no wait, MORONS, who move into such an apartment next to a busy Autobahn and then complain about noise. I can see that this new rule was possibly influenced by these dumbasses and their complaints.
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      If they would just fix the ones that have broken tail pipes and are in poor condition it would do wonders for the noise levels. Don't regulate the new stuff...fix the crappy old stuff.
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      It seems that the EU is eager to kill every European industry with regulations and restrictions.
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      Thats the way, because that s**ty continent isn't financially crippled as it is...
      Smooth Motor
      • 3 Years Ago
      No wonder car prices are going through the roof. In Europe they want less noise, in the US MORE noise -- for hybrids and EVs anyway. The more variants, the more the price. Insanity.
      Rob deJuana-Matthews
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      You've got to be kidding...2 decibels? That's not making enough of a difference in noise to warrant the expense and sheer mess of adding more sound deadening to vehicle designs. That said, it annoys me that these lawmakers are taking so much valuable time, which should be spent on economic woes, and spending it on further burdening automakers with expensive regulations that will cost money the governments don't have to enforce. Also, I have to say, sometimes, the noise a car makes is part of the driving experience. Granted, some cars make an awful noise that makes you want to rip out your eardrums, but when a car makes a good noise, it can put a smile on your face. Leave our noises alone!
      • 3 Years Ago
      is this for interior noise or noise from the exterior?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Caifornina here I come!
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