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PIEK is the name of a project that developed the PIEK certification scheme for vehicles and equipment operating under 60dB(A) which is suitable for use in night time deliveries without causing noise disturbance. In 1998 the Dutch Government set out standards for noise emission during loading and unloading in retail trade and craft businesses and this resulted in the development of the PIEK certification scheme.

These noise limits are set out in the ‘Retail Trade and Craft Businesses Environmental Management Decree issued by government on October 1998, under article 8.40 of the Environmental Management Act. The standard resulted in the TNO report on ‘Measurement methods for peak noise during loading and unloading’. This report is intended to define measurement methods so that the compliance of new equipment with the limits set by the Decree can be determined.

To achieve the standard, each product is acoustically measured and must function emitting under 60dB(A) at 7.5 meters from the sound source. It is then deemed suitable for out-of-hours delivery that will not cause noise disturbance to nearby residents.

The PIEK-standard has been adopted in several countries like the UK, France, Germany and Belgium. All these projects use the TNO report and the certificates granted by the national parties as the harmonized standard. On an national level the project can differ, but they all have the same goal: a solution for the ever growing congestion and its effects on society, that can only come with utilizing that road space in off-peak times.[1]

See also


  1. http://www.piek-international.com/english/
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