A basic problem in setting standards for acceptable levels of road traffic noise is deciding on a criterion of acceptability. The possible criteria reduce to three categories: noise impacts (i.e., activity interference and effects on health), attitudes toward noise, and actions taken to reduce the impact of noise (e.g., complaints). The rational selection of a criterion or criteria needs to be based on careful empirical analysis of two sets of relations: (a) the relations among the plausible criteria and (b) the relations between the criteria and noise measurements. The first set of relations is examined by using questionnaire data collected at 37 sites adjacent to highways in southern Ontario. The results show significant but relatively weak links between impacts and attitudes and between attitudes and actions. The analysis results (a) question the use of activity interference measures, and particulary speech interference, as a criterion for setting standards and (b) confirm the inadequacy of regulating against traffic noise on the basis of complaint action. /Authors/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 27-33
  • Monograph Title: Effects of transportation on the community
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00196672
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309028310
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-026 811
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM