Together with representatives of citizens' initiatives against traffic noise

On the occasion of the Day Against Noise, the Rhineland-Palatinate parliamentary deputy and deputy member of the Transport Committee, Tabea Rößner (Alliance '90 / The Greens), visited the noise monitoring station in Leutesdorf and explains:

"The noise monitoring station in Leutesdorf is technically capable to catch all the relevant data for each train, each car, so to capture each wheel itself. Therefore, the purpose of safety and noise reduction, it is imperative to collect and analyze this data nationwide. I therefore demand the monitoring for freight trains at relevant sites of the Federal Republic of Germany.

It is impressive that equipped with microphone, infrared camera and six sensors the track system can capture all the damaged areas on rolling stock. Flats, and polygons cause noise even when retrofitted to composite brake blocks car.

If these defects are detected early and defective wheels are replaced quickly, this increases security, reduces noise and costs. All sides benefit. And it would increase the public acceptance for the transfer of freight on rail.

So far railcars undergo every six years a regular examination. If within this period damages are not recognized during controlling of the vehicle master, it can happen that cars rushing through the republic, which are no longer reliable or particularly loud.

With the technical progress it is possible and showing the example in Leutesdorf to repair damages at an early stage. That would increase security, prevent noise and and would meet the wagon keepers interests to be are able to react more quickly to defects.
In addition, the monitoring could provide important knowledge for the noise-related track access charges. Through a continuous evaluation they could better adapted and polluters of more noise are asked for higher track prices. I am sure that this would speed up the conversion to quieter brake blocks. So far we are lagging behind the schedule anyway.

It should be a round table, in which the DB AG, the private car owners, the EBA and the Federal Minister of Transport should bring a monitoring for cars on the way. I call on the Federal Minister Alexander Dobrindt convening this roundtable and to stand up for monitoring. So far we have often heard that it was not possible to detect meaningful data. Obviously it is yet. "

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