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Brussels collective demands less siren noise
The collective Stop Sirènes is urging police and other emergency services in the Brussels-Capital Region to be more "sparing" in their use of sirens. The sirens are too often used unnecessarily, says Yvan Vandenbergh from the action group, which last week took its plea to the region's environment minister Céline Fremault. Fremault has now ordered a study into siren use, which will be conducted by Brussels Environment and ready by early 2017, writes Bruzz.
The Highway Code states that sirens of up to 110 decibels can be used in the capital. "That is incredibly loud,” according to Vandenbergh. “Nightclubs are only allowed noise levels of up to 90 decibels. The sirens are so loud because drivers who have had accidents with ambulances file insurance claims saying they were unable to hear the siren over the radio.”
"When lives are in danger, obviously a siren is required," admits Vandenbergh. "We don't dispute that. But if the alarms are switched on for anything and everything, it is disturbing and drivers are less likely to pay attention to them.”