Paris reduces traffic noise, fines 135 euros
Paris intends to become a less noisy city, and in order to achieve that goal, it will use sensors that will be placed on the streets.
This decision is directed primarily against vehicles that create unbearable noise. Rotary cameras and microphones are already being installed.
Thus, the authorities clearly saw which vehicle was in question, who was driving it and how much noise it was making. The equipment is being tested, and from next year, drivers will be fined 135 euros.
Paris is considered one of the noisiest cities in Europe – 5.5 million people are exposed to noise of 55 decibels and more, which is generated in traffic.
The World Health Organization points out that the maximum allowed noise is up to 55 decibels.
The poorer two decibels louder
It is assumed that noise reduces the life expectancy of Parisians by nine months and negatively affects their productivity. It is an annual cost of 147 billion euros. In addition, it negatively affects property prices.
A new strategy to combat this problem involves further limiting the speed of vehicles. It is also considered that the emergency services turn off the sirens at night.
According to the Institute for Global Health in Barcelona, 48 percent of Europeans are exposed to dangerous levels of noise. In poor parts of the city, it is two decibels higher than in rich parts of the city.
2.6 million people were exposed to noise in London and 1.7 million in Rome.
Source: BIZlife by bizlife.rs.
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