Following an EU ruling that has come into force this week all new electric vehicles are now required to feature a noise-emitting device. The call for this addition comes following concerns that low-emission cars and vans are too quiet, putting pedestrians at risk because they cannot be heard as they approach.
The device, known as an Avas, which sounds like a traditional engine, will sound when reversing or travelling below 12mph. Drivers will be able to deactivate the devices.
Roads minister Michael Ellis said the government wanted "the benefits of green transport to be felt by everyone" and understood the concerns of the visually impaired.
From 2021 all new electric cars must have an Avas, not just new models.
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