An update to the PIEK standards of measurement for peak noise during loading and unloading has been published.

PIEK scheme certification is applied to vehicles and equipment that can operate under 60dB(A) at a distance of 7.5m from the sound source, which makes products suitable for use in night-time deliveries without causing noise disturbance to residents.

Developed in the Netherlands, the PIEK-standard has been adopted in several countries like the UK, France, Germany and Belgium.

The latest update describes measurement methods for determining the peak noise level of various

noise sources occurring during goods delivery, such as:

  • Constant speed, acceleration and braking at low speed for trucks and vans;
  • Doors, hatches, hinged and sliding doors of trailers, bodies and cabs;
  • Tail lifts, body floors and walls of trucks and vans;
  • Shopping trolleys, goods carts, ‘rollies’, dollies and hand pallet trucks;
  • Forklift trucks and mobile forklift trucks;
  • Transport cooling units.

From July this year, only products tested using the new methods will be PIEK certified.