These could be the sounds of the suburbs

DESPITE that heart-felt promise declared in his three little words, our Prime Minister has yet to Get Brexit Done. We’re still in the European Union — so suck it up, gammons.

However, for all its brilliant environmental protections — many of which the IW directly benefits from, such as clean bathing water legislation — one EU rule I am struggling to support relates to electric vehicles.

With the climate emergency quite literally hotting up, electric vehicles are being promoted as the solution to the impending planetary catastrophe.

Of course, electric vehicles are old hat to this country. Sixties Britain had more battery-electric vehicles on its roads than the rest of the world put together, with its fleets of silent sustainable milk floats.

And there’s the rub.

You see, without a traditional internal combustion engine, an EV makes no sound.

A silent vehicle could easily be considered a potential hazard for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

To mitigate for this, the EU has ruled that all new types of four-wheel electric vehicle must be fitted with a noise-emitting device which sounds like a regular engine.

What a wasted opportunity.

I was sincerely hoping that the increasing popularity of electric vehicles might see a return to quieter public spaces, where people could have a pleasant chat without having to bellow over the intrusive racket of cars.

But alas, it seems not.

I’m of a generation that remembers the joy of hearing birdsong in the streets, not just at crepuscular hours, but throughout the day.

The birds that have survived to our current times are whistling their happy tunes as loud as they can, but we can’t hear them over the noise of traffic.

Read more: County Press

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