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"Madam President, I firmly believe that the noise produced by cars and lorries should be at levels that are generally consistent with public health. However, as vehicles get quieter it goes without saying that they become ever more dangerous for those individuals who are blind or partially sighted. I find it deplorable that the Commission proposal would substantially reduce the permissible noise limit values for motor vehicles without making acoustic vehicle alerting systems compulsory in electric or hybrid cars. These systems alert vulnerable road users to the presence of oncoming vehicles, thus ensuring their safety. Their omission therefore threatens the capacity of blind and partially sighted people to go about their everyday lives in the knowledge that their safety is not in jeopardy when they use our roads. I find it ironic that, despite the abundance of unnecessary red tape already placed on manufacturing businesses by the EU, the provision which is most urgently needed is absent in these proposals. I therefore supported Amendment 66, which would make acoustic vehicle alerting systems mandatory for quiet vehicles."@en1
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