The problems of congestion and air pollution caused through the overcrowding of our streets as delivery lorries vie for precious road space with private vehicles, points to a solution that can only come with utilising that road space in off-peak times.
In conjunction with the ‘Silent Approach’ quiet night time delivery scheme, the Noise Abatement Society adopted the Dutch PIEK certification scheme for vehicles and equipment operating under 60dB which will be suitable for use in night time deliveries without causing noise disturbance.
The Dutch Government first embarked on finding a standard for quiet delivery vehicles and equipment in 1999 and developed the ‘Piek’ certification scheme to its present form in 2004.
To achieve the standard, each product is acoustically measured and must function emitting under 60dB at 7.5 metres from the sound source. It is then deemed suitable for out-of-hours delivery that will not cause noise disturbance to nearby residents.
The Dutch Government granted a licence to the Noise Abatement Society in 2008 to run the same scheme in the UK, known as NAS-Piek.
UK companies now with NAS-Piek certified products are:
- Brigade Electronics
- Carrier Transicold UK
- Dhollandia UK
- Gray and Adams Limited
- Linde Group
- UKRAM Industries
- ThermoKing (a division of Ingersoll Rand)
NAS-Piek will act like a passport to Europe for UK manufacturers of low-noise products because they will be suitable for out-of-hours delivery all over the Continent.
The NAS-Piek scheme will be the standard for all vehicles and equipment used in the Silent Approach™ quiet delivery scheme.