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Update Piek-Keur - February 2022

thursday, 10 February 2022

With the arrival of the Environment and Planning Act (Omgevingswet), there will be other legal noise levels. This is a reason for the Piek-Keur Foundation to think about the future and the noise levels that the Piek-Keur Foundation will use. At the beginning of February, it was announced that the Environment and Planning Act has been postponed by three to six months until October 1, 2022, or at the latest until January 1, 2023.

In 2021, Piek-Keur organized a number of meetings to together consider the future and noise levels. During the meetings, information was shared about the Environment and Planning Act and the environmental zones. Together with other stakeholders, the relevance of the Piek-Keur Foundation and the influence of the noise limits described in the Environment and Planning Act have also been considered. The outcome of the meetings is that there is still an added value for the voluntary certification of silent products. The aim of the Piek-Keur Foundation is to make it clear that a vehicle or other means of transport is silent.

The Piek-Keur Foundation currently certifies products and vehicle bodywork at 60 dB(A) noise levels and truck drivetrain noise (QuietTRUCK) at 72 dB(A). Based on the noise standards from the Environment and Planning Act and based on the input during the meetings and discussions with various stakeholders, the board of Piek-Keur has decided to make the following adjustments:

Limit for components and vehicle bodywork to 62 dB(A)
The limit for certifying all products with the exception of the QuietTRUCK will be
a maximum of 62 dB(A). This means that vehicle bodies can also be certified at a maximum of 62 dB(A). The Piek-Keur sticker for components and the vehicle body remains unchanged.

Effective date
The Environment Act has been postponed to October 2022 or January 2023. In order not to prejudge legislation, we will inform you further about the effective date of the limit of
62 dB(A) when there is more clarity about the actual implementation date of the Environment Act. Until the effective date of the new limit of 62 dB(A), it is already possible for products that have been tested in accordance with the Piek-Keur 'Measuring methods for peak noise during loading and unloading (update 2018)' and where the measurement result is more than 60 dB(A) but no more than 62 dB(A) a Piek-Keur type-approval certificate can be requested. The type-approval certificate is issued from the moment the new limit of 62 dB(A) comes into effect.

Limit for QuietTRUCK
For QuietTRUCK, a decision on the certification limit will be postponed until mid-2022.
Within the Environment and Planning Act, a distinction is made in the various noise sources, drive noise versus doors and blow-off noise. Due to the fact that this distinction did not exist before, this has technical consequences. ACEA, the umbrella organization of truck manufacturers, is preparing a proposal on this subject and expects to be able to present it shortly. This proposal will be assessed by the Piek-Keur Foundation and the board will then decide on the certification limit for QuietTRUCK.

End of validity type approvals certificates
Since 2019, Piek-Keur type approval certificates have a validity of six years. There is a transitional arrangement for existing type-approval certificates. During the development of the future vision, the end of the validity of eldest type approvals has been postponed. It has been decided to re-adjust the validity of the oldest type approvals. From January 1, 2023, all type approvals of components issued before January 1, 2016 will expire. This gives companies sufficient time to recertify components whose validity shall expire. The end date of the validity of the type-approval of components, which is incorporated in a certified vehicle, does not affect the validity of that vehicle body. If a product is changed within the validity period, recertification is required.

Measurement methods
The current Piek-Keur 'Measurement methods for piek noise during loading and unloading (update 2018)' is from 2018. Due to the decision on the limit for the components, other than the QuietTRUCK, chapter 2.1 of the measurement methods has to be adjusted. This will be taken into account when assessing and deciding on the new limit values. You may also have suggestions for adjusting other parts of the Piek-Keur 'Measurement methods for piek noise during loading and unloading (update 2018)'. In that case, you can make this known to your branch association. The branch association can then prepare a joint proposal for the Piek-Keur Foundation. For internal transport equipment this is BMWT, contact Sebastiaan Plazier, e-mail: s.plazier@bmwt.nl. For components of vehicle bodies and QuietTRUCK, this is RAI Association contact Roelof de Haan, e-mail: mailto:r.d.haan@raivereniging.nl.