Electric cars in EU to come with a noise-emitting device for pedestrian safety

Electric cars in EU to come with a noise-emitting device for pedestrian safety

Recently introduced rule by the EU with regards to new electric vehicles is alleged to come into force starting from Monday. As per the new development, electric vehicles will feature a noise-emitting device.

Owning to the fact that low-emission cars and vans produce close to negligible sounds, they put pedestrians at risk for being too quiet. As part of the new rule, all types of four-wheel electric cars will be installed with a noise-emitting device, so that they will be audible in motion. As per reports, the sound is similar to that of a traditional engine.

Commonly, a car’s acoustic vehicle alert system (Avas) must emit sound while reversing or traveling below 12mph or 19 km/h. According to reports alleged by the EU, cars are likely to be in the vicinity of pedestrians, either during reverse or when they are driven slowly. Drivers will, however, have the option of turning off the device when they think it’s unnecessary.

The new rule was especially appreciated by charity Guide Dogs. They had previously raised complaints about difficulty in hearing the approach of low-emission cars. In a statement by the road minister Michael Ellis, he commented, “The benefits of green transport is to be felt by everyone.” Referring to the needs of the visually impaired, he said, “This new requirement will give pedestrians added confidence when crossing the road.”

As per the EU government regulations, all cars, inclusive of the new car models, will be equipped with Avas from 2021. In addition, the government will also ban the use of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.

Owning to the figures released, alternatively-fuelled vehicles made up to 6.6% of the new car market in the month of May, in comparison to 5.6% during the same month last year.