Since electric vehicles don’t make that much noise compared to traditional vehicles, it can be difficult for pedestrians to know when an electric vehicle approaching them. In order to solve this problem, European Union introduced laws that will be go into effect from Monday. Under the new regulations, new electric vehicles will be required to make certain level noise while on the road. According to authorities, this measure will ensure that pedestrians are safe on the road.
When the new laws go into effect, the electric vehicles with four wheels will need to have an acoustic system that makes sounds when the vehicle is moving forward or backwards below the speed of 19km/h. According to the lawmakers, the pedestrians are at most risk when vehicles travel at a lower speed. However, you can turn the sound off in case you feel the noise your car is making is enough to alert others on the road. In a recent Tweet, BBC Radio5 shared the sound the electric vehicles will be required to make.
New regulations will require all new electric vehicles to feature a warning noise to alert pedestrians and cyclists.
🎧listen to the warning noise below⬇️ pic.twitter.com/EO6JPK0QUg
— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) June 30, 2019
UK Minister of roads and transportation Michael Ellis told BBC that the government wanted to bring the benefits of green transportation to everyone but wanted to find a solution for visually impaired pedestrians. He said, “This new requirement will give pedestrians added confidence when crossing the road.”