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The Truck Noise Problem, and What Might Be Done About It

From various sources of information it is clear that truck noise is a definite public nuisance. Early noise control efforts were very productive in that many heavy duty trucks did not have mufflers, and the addition of this device made clear improvements. Further improvement requires treatment of many sources significant to the overall level. It is felt that today's “tight but attainable” 88 dBA for heavy trucks can reduce to 86 dBA by 1975 and 8k dBA by 1978 with a lot of hard work. There is promise for meaningful noise regulation in the “real world” as indicated by “calibratability” of non-standard sites.