A compromise deal has been struck between the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers over a new tyre noise directive, which will lead to reduction by one decibel of the maximum noise that can be created by tyres on road vehicles and their trailers. MEPs had wanted tighter regulations from 2003, reducing noise thresholds by two decibels for tyres on private cars. EU ministers resisted their amendments, however, and now a deal on the final shape of the directive has been forged by a Conciliation Committee set up to bring the two sides together.