Initiative 17: Low-Noise Delivery Programs/Regulations

Low-Noise Delivery Programs/Regulations
Description: Regulations and low-noise delivery initiatives to lessen noise pollution.
Targeted mode: All traffic Geographic scope: City
Type of initiative: Vehicle-related strategies Objectives: Environmental sustainability/reduce noise and pollution
Expected costs and level of effort to implement: The planning process should involve extensive stakeholder engagement to analyze the private and public-sector impacts. For the private sector, implementation may require high capital investment costs, such as fleet renewal. Costs to update policy and standards to incorporate these regulations will be fairly low.  For the public sector, costs of providing the necessary incentives and enforcement programs could be high. The implementation of this type of initiative may require a moderate amount of time.
Advantages:

  • Enhance livability
  • Environmental sustainability
    • Reduce noise pollution
    • Reduce emissions
  • Facilitate off-hour deliveries
  • Low probability of unintended consequences
Disadvantages:

  • May require high investments to support the programs
Examples: 

  • New York City, New York, United States (The City of New York 2005)
  • London, England (London Noise Abatement Society 2008)
  • PIEK Program, the Netherlands (Goevaers 2011)

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Source: Noise Abatement Society 2011

Related alternatives: 1. Emission Standards; 2. Engine-Related Restrictions; 3. Certification Programs; 4. Driver Training Programs; 5. Voluntary Off-Hour Delivery Program
References: The City of New York 2005; World Health Organization 2006; BESTUFS 2007; C-LIEGE 2010; Wieman 2010; Environmental Protection Agency 2011; Goevaers 2011; Holguín Veras et al. 2013a

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