A recent assessment of the burden of disease from noise by the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms that traffic noise is a major cause of environmental health problems. In cities, and near main roads and railways, traffic is the major contributor to noise levels. At present, some 210 million Europeans are regularly exposed to road traffic noise levels exceeding 55 decibels and 35 million are exposed to these levels of rail noise, pursuant to recent studies. Health impacts frequently occur above this level, according to the WHO and the EU.
COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS. Towards a European road safety area: policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020
EX-POST EVALUATION OF THE RSAP. FINAL REPORT - VOLUME 1 The preparation of the European Road Safety Action Program 2011-2020
This report has been prepared for and funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy and Transport in the framework of the project “The preparation of the European Road Safety Action Program 2011-2020”.