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Traffic noise in Europe

Verkeerslawaai in Europa


Clear, unambiguous legislation and international agreements on noise and noise policy are often hampered by the different ways different countries deal with measures and calculations.This obstructs the comparison of international data on annoyance by noise.This report describes the legal indices of road, railway and aircraft noise of different European countries. It shows the diversity of current indices, especially in the area of aircraft noise.This report also describes the consequences of changes due in noise indices for the Dutch situation. The way of calculating traffic noise differs a lot between different European countries. Biggest differences occur in calcultating the emission. Finally, noise standards in different European countries are compared. Again, it shows a big diversity, as well in the height of the standards as in the noise indices used.

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