https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/concerns-raised-parliament-electric-cars-danger-horses-681653
Concerns raised in parliament over electric cars’ danger to horses
16 March, 2019  Sarah Radford

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An MP has raised concerns in Parliament over the danger silent electric cars
pose to horses on the roads.

Simon Hoare, MP for North Dorset, questioned transport minister Jesse Norman
MP about whether protective measures would be brought in to safeguard riders
as the use of environmentally friendly vehicles increases.

Mr Hoare, whose wife and three daughters ride, and who has ridden himself
since childhood, said that while electric cars are “environmentally
welcome”, their silence often presents “a huge problem for riders” owing to
the “nervousness that is often caused in horses by these silent vehicles
either going past or accelerating from a stop”.

“Will my hon. friend take this issue up with the car manufacturers to see
what can be done to ensure that there is safety and environmentalism on our
rural roads?” Mr Hoare asked the transport minister on 14 February.

Mr Norman replied that the government has recently been working to
acknowledge horse riders within the Highway Code review, noting the
“importance that we place on close passing”.

“(Mr hon friend] will also be aware that electric cars make a noise above a
certain speed because of vehicle tyre slap. At low speeds, vehicle type
approval regulations will mandate sound generators on new electric and
hybrid electric vehicles from July this year,” he said.

Mr Hoare told H&H he had been motivated to raise the question in the House
of Commons after a silent vehicle passed a friend of his who was riding,
making the horse “go bananas”.

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“What seems to trouble horses is not the speed of the car but the movement
when there is no sound, particularly when a car has pulled in to allow
horses to go past and then suddenly starts to move with no warning,” he
said. “It has been one of the unintended consequences of electric vehicles,
and I am not blaming manufacturers or users, improving air quality has to be
welcomed, as does less reliance on fossil fuels.”

The Conservative MP said he was “really pleased to hear from the minister
that regulations are now in place so that all new electric vehicles will
produce a noise at low speeds.”

The new guidelines will not apply to vehicles on the road before July 2019.
[© horseandhound.co.uk]


[ref
http://electric-vehicle-discussion-list.413529.n4.nabble.com/Horsemen-uk-fear-quiet-EVs-koch-koolaid-tp4692977.html
Horsemen.uk fear quiet EVs (?koch-koolaid?)
%The EV community has already dealt with complaints from the blind, enacting
laws that require EVs be noisy [
http://electric-vehicle-discussion-list.413529.n4.nabble.com/template/NamlServlet.jtp?macro=search_page&node=413529&query=blind+quiet+safe&days=0
]. Now, horse riders complain...
Horse rider safety fears over quieter electric cars
Mar 04 2019 ... Simon Hoare has concerns about horse rider safety with
increasing numbers of electric cars ...
CONCERNS have been raised about dangers for horse riders with increasing
numbers of quieter electric cars.

  North Dorset MP Simon Hoare quizzed transport minister Jesse Norman MP on
the matter in relation to what assessments had been made for the safety
needs of horse riders on the public highway.
  Mr Hoare asked if the issue around electric cars could be taken up with
manufacturers.

  "The rise of electric vehicles is, of course, environmentally welcome.
However, their silence often presents a huge problem for riders, horses and,
indeed, other road users as a result of the nervousness that is often caused
in horses by these silent vehicles either going past or accelerating from a
stop," said Mr Hoare.

  Mr Norman said horse riders are recognised in the highway code, with the
importance placed on the avoidance of close passing.
  "At low speeds, vehicle type approval regulations will mandate sound
generators on new electric and hybrid electric vehicles from July this
year," said Mr Norman.
  He added that the area was being reviewed by the Department for Transport.
]




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