Cars and Noise

The external noise emitted by passenger cars has been controlled since 1929 when
the Motor Cars

The external noise emitted by passenger cars has been
controlled since 1929 when the Motor Cars (Excessive Noise) regulations were
introduced. New cars are now required to meet Europe-wide noise limits. These
have been progressively reduced from 82 decibels (dB (A)) in 1978 to the
current limit of 72 dB (A) established in 2016. Information on the level of
noise recorded for new models of cars at their type approval test is also
listed in the data table. When looking at
this information please note that off-road vehicles are allowed to be 1dB (A)
louder and wheelchair accessible vehicles or armoured vehicles are allowed to
be 2 dB (A) louder.

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The noise levels quoted above are the maximum levels that
are permitted for new vehicle types. Many vehicles produce lower levels of
noise, and it is illegal to modify the exhaust system of a vehicle to make it
noisier than the level recorded for that model at type approval. A new EU regulation was introduced from July
2016. Regulation (EU) No 540/2014, phases in tighter noise limits over 10
years, together with a revised, more representative test procedure. By 2026 the
limit for most new passenger cars will be 68 dB(A).

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