From today any electric car in Europe has to make an artificial noise when it is travelling under 12 miles per hour.
The news rules have come into force from today and they are designed to let pedestrian’s know that there is an electric vehicle near or approaching them. You can hear one of the warnings sounds below.
New regulations will require all new electric vehicles to feature a warning noise to alert pedestrians and cyclists.
🎧listen to the warning noise below⬇️ pic.twitter.com/EO6JPK0QUg
— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) June 30, 2019
The sounds are designed to alert pedestrians and cyclists and also guide dogs and anyone else that there is a vehicle near them. Some of these electric vehicles are so quiet you cannot hear them approaching, so this new rule should help people and make them aware of the vehicles presence.