The Government has confirmed that acoustic systems will become compulsory in all electric cars produced after 1 July 2019. The aim is to ensure that pedestrians are able to hear nearby electric vehicles, which may otherwise produce very little noise.
Michael Ellis, the Roads Minister, said:
“The government wants the benefits of green transport to be felt by everyone, and understands the concerns of the visually impaired about the possible hazards posed by quiet electric vehicles. This new requirement will give pedestrians added confidence when crossing the road.”