Characteristics of vehicles producing excessive noise and ground borne vibration: phase 2

It is recognised that it is almost always the average noise level on roads and highways that is the subject of attention because it has been directly linked to noise annoyance caused to residents. However, an alternative approach in examining nuisance is to consider the noise caused by the noisiest vehicles or those producing the highest vibration levels. Noisy vehicles can have a very wide footprint and can cause widespread disturbance. Reducing maximum levels of noise in residential areas is likely to reduce sleep disturbance which is a major factor affecting overall annoyance. A programme of research was commissioned by the Transport Research Foundation, as part of the self-funded research programme, to address how to identify excessively noisy vehicles and examine the characteristics of such vehicles when they are in use. The second phase of the programme, described in this report, focussed on the collection of noise data for cars, medium and heavy vehicles and the identification of the characteristics of those producing excessive noise. A further aim was to identify the characteristics of those heavy vehicles producing excessive levels of vibration.


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  • Pagination: 36p
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    • Issue Number: 246

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  • Accession Number: 01384166
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9781846087790
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 4:15PM