Green cars are often praised for being a good thing. They are clean, do not make a lot of noise and are better for the environment than traditional cars. However, there have been safety concerns raised. When the green car travels at 20 MPH or less, they cannot be heard. That is why they present a danger to pedestrians.
Kevin Clinton works for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. He stated that accidents are much more likely to occur when there are green cars in urban areas. However, a new law will make it safer for pedestrians. In July 2019, every green car that is sold in Europe will be required to make a noise when they are traveling at a low speed. Every existing car will need to be fitted with a noisemaker by the year 2021.
James White works for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. He agrees with this new law because he is worried about the visually-impaired people who walk the streets daily. Studies have shown that a pedestrian is 40 percent more likely to be hit by a green car. Many visually-impaired people use guide dogs, and it gives them a false sense of security.
There are currently 140,000 electric vehicles in Britain. In 2013, there were only 3,500 green cars. It is estimated that nine million electric cars will be on the road by the year 2030. Politicians have stated that electric cars are the vehicles of the future. They agree with the law that will make electric cars produce more noise.
Sally Longford works for the Nottingham City Council. She stated that they are hoping that 8,000 more green cars will be on the road by 2020. She also stated that she looks forward to seeing more policies implemented that will make the roads safer for pedestrians.