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EU back-tracks on machinery noise limits

A directive exempting eight types of outdoor equipment from stricter EU noise limits was proposed by the European Commission in August. The move follows expert advice that it would be "technically impossible" for the eight classes involved to respect "stage II" noise limits due to apply from 3 January 2006 under a 2000 directive (EED 17/03/00). According to the Commission, both EU states and industry have expressed support for what it says should be temporary exemptions. They will affect, for example, vibratory rammers, dozers and compacting screed paver-finishers. See draft directive (COM(2005)370).

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