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17:51  04 july  2019
17:51  04 july  2019 Source:   pressassociation.com

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All new electric vehicles must be fitted with a noise -emitting device to alert other road users to their presence. The European Union rule came into force on Monday following concern that vehicles without a petrol or diesel engine are too quiet, putting pedestrians

All new electrified vehicles must emit a noise at low speeds to warn pedestrians of their presence under new EU law. The ruling applies at all four-wheeled fully electric and hybrid vehicles that go on sale Read More. New electric cars must be fitted with noise devices to protect pedestrians .

New electric cars must be fitted with noise devices to protect pedestrians © Peter Byrne There have been concerns about how quiet electric cars are (Peter Byrne/PA)

All new electric vehicles must be fitted with a noise-emitting device to alert other road users to their presence.

The European Union rule came into force on Monday following concern that vehicles without a petrol or diesel engine are too quiet, putting pedestrians, cyclists and other vulnerable road users at risk because they do not realise they are approaching.

New types of quiet electric and hybrid vehicles with four wheels must now be fitted with an acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS) which will generate a sound similar to that made by a conventional engine.

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The EU rule, which came into force today, states that all new types of four-wheeled electric vehicles must be fitted with an Acoustic Vehicle Alert The noise -makers activate at 12mph and lower because the EU says cars are most likely to be near pedestrians when driving slowly or backing up.

Research shows electric cars are about 40% more likely to hit a pedestrian than a conventional vehicle . One study suggests that 93% of blind and partially sighted people have Predicted number of electric cars on UK roads by 2030. 2021. Date all electric cars in EU must fit a noise emitter.

New electric cars must be fitted with noise devices to protect pedestrians © Getty

The AVAS must be activated when a vehicle is reversing or travelling below 12mph, but the driver will have the power to deactivate it if judged necessary.

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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New electric cars must be fitted with noise devices to protect pedestrians

The Government announced a plan last summer to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040.

Alternatively-fuelled vehicles such as pure electrics and plug-in hybrids made up 6.6% of the new car market in May, compared with 5.6% during the same month in 2018.

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