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HEAL’s action on Noise

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Listen to your doctor: setting strict vehicle noise standards for better health

Recent studies stress the costs to society and our economy from road noise. The British Medical Association (BMA) has just urged that health be prioritized in transport planning and policy decisions. BMA’s concerns tie into a recent study from Denmark on increased heart attack risks because of road traffic noise. As MEPs are about to vote on reducing vehicle noise HEAL hopes they will listen to the voices from the health and medical community for stricter standards. Learn more …

A joint declaration on reducing vehicle noise

Traffic noise is one of the most widespread environmental problems in the European Union, affecting the health of one in three EU citizens. HEAL and other transport and environmental groups have launched a joint declaration to build support for a five step programme which will substantially reduce noise. The declaration is supported by many cities in Europe and is launched prior to European Parliament decisions on vehicle noise planned for the next weeks. Learn more …

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Have your say on the future of EU noise policies

The EU Commission is consulting on future measures to reduce noise exposure, a key issue for public health protection. Citizens, experts and practitioners in public authorities, trade unions, NGOs, health experts and others are invited to comment on the effectiveness of the EU Environmental Noise Directive (END) and the future of EU noise policies. Comments are sought on potential measures such as setting EU-wide noise limits or trigger values and noise labels for road vehicles and houses. The consultation is part of the follow-up to a first implementation report on the END from June 2011. The deadline to submit views is 25 October 2012. Act now!

Sign on to the Joint Declaration on vehicle noise!

This five step plan is a ‘sound investment’ in noise, given that it will reduce traffic noise levels by half in urban areas. Urge members of the European Parliament and EU Member States to seize this once in a lifetime opportunity to substantially and cost-effectively improve the health and wellbeing of EU citizens. Act now!

About HEAL

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