All new electric cars to make warning noise under new rules

New fully electric vehicles must be fitted with an audible warning device to aid safety

All new electric cars to make warning noise under new rules
Sound emitters will give warning of electric vehicles travelling at low speed.

New rules which came into force from 1 July dictate that all new fully electric vehicles (EVs) must be fitted with an audible warning device.

The Regulation on the Sound Level of Motor Vehicles has been introduced in response to concerns that EVs pose a risk to pedestrians at low speed.

New EVs with at least four wheels sold in the UK henceforth must now emit a sound when travelling at speeds under 12mph, or reversing.

An acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS) will generate a noise similar to that made by conventional combustion engines.

The system can be deactivated when judged necessary by the driver.

The regulation will be extended to cover hybrid vehicles from July 2021.

Roads minister Michael Ellis said: “The government wants the benefits of green transport to be felt by everyone, and understands the concerns of the visually impaired about the possible hazards posed by quiet electric vehicles.

“This new requirement will give pedestrians added confidence when crossing the road.”

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    Jemima Washington

    Absolutely ridiculous. This is just pandering to the nanny state again. Perhaps pedestrians should be educated to LOOK as well as LISTEN when crossing the road and be educated that electric cars are becoming more frequent. EVs do make a noise- a noise of tyres on the road. People just have to adapt. What is the point of having a quieter vehicle you then have to make loud?!!

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    Eddie Bamber

    Jemima, did you not read the article properly ?. You said that pedestrians should ‘LOOK as well as LISTEN’ when crossing the road. Can you please explain how you would do this if you are blind ?. Blind people rely on their other senses, e.g: sound, to keep themselves safe. I’m sure that you wouldn’t be too happy if a quiet vehicle came up behind you in a supermarket car park and blasted it’s horn fir you to move out of the way.

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    Peter fearnley

    Why has it taken so long to figure out that electric cars need to emit sound at slow speeds we all are used to being aware of traffic by sight & sound think not only of adults but children too I also think that all electric cars in use now should be retrofitted with sound generators it would be no big deal

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