Transport | Noise

Transport law


A comprehensive concept for sustainable mobility needs legal instruments. These instruments may be embedded in transport law as well as in other areas, for example in the environmental regulations governing the planning and authorisation of roads. Transport law and all other relevant regulation can support the development of sustainable transport. read more


Indicator: Population exposure to traffic noise

A graph shows the proportion of people exposed to traffic noise above 55 decibels during the day and above 50 decibels at night, as observed in the 2012 and 2017 noise mappings. It differentiates between road, aircraft and rail traffic noise.

According to the 2017 noise mapping, about 13.2 % of the total population was adversely affected by night-time noise. This is 0.6 percentage points less compared to 2012.The 2017 noise mapping further showed that 19.1% of the population was exposed to a noise level of above 55 decibels during the day. This is about 2.3 percentage points less than in 2012.The main source of noise is road traffic. R... read more

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