Subsection 4.5.7.1.
Conditions for loading and unloading operations in the early morning and late evening


General provisions.

Article 4.5.7.1.1.

1.

This subsection applies to the loading and unloading operations stated in Article 4.5.7.0.1 that are carried out in the early morning and late evening.

The engine of the truck and the drive of refrigeration units with which the truck is fitted must be switched off while loading and unloading goods, unless the refrigeration units are connected to the mains electricity. Radios must be switched off.

During early morning hours a maximum of one delivery may be made, and a maximum of two deliveries during late evening hours.

In accordance with Appendix 4.5.7.3, the operator shall take the necessary measures to limit the nuisance caused by loading and unloading operations in the early morning and late evening.


Loading and unloading goods at establishments with an open-air loading and unloading area.

Article 4.5.7.01.2.

Without prejudice to Article 4.5.7.0.3, the following minimum distances apply to the loading and unloading of goods in the early morning and late evening at establishments with an open-air loading and unloading area if the nearest houses are situated in an area as stated in Appendix 2.2.1, 2:

1

for loading and unloading operations with low-noise equipment: 40 m between the centre of the rear of the parked truck in the loading and unloading area and the nearest houses;

2

for all other loading and unloading operations: 50 m between the centre of the rear of the parked truck in the loading and unloading area and the nearest houses.

The distances specified in paragraph 1 may be reduced after taking additional structural noise-reducing measures such as the installation of a noise barrier if it is demonstrated that the conditions stated in paragraph 2 of Article 4.5.7.0.3 have been satisfied. This may be demonstrated by means of a noise study prepared by an environmental expert recognised in the discipline of noise and vibrations as stated in Article 6, 1, c), a of the VLAREL.


Loading and unloading of goods at establishments with a covered loading and unloading area.

Article 4.5.7.1.3.

Without prejudice to Article 4.5.7.0.3, the following minimum distances apply to the loading and unloading of goods in the early morning and late evening at establishments with a covered loading and unloading area if the nearest houses are situated in an area as stated in Appendix 2.2.1, 2:

1

for loading and unloading operations with low-noise equipment: 20 m between the centre of the rear of the parked truck in the loading and unloading area and the nearest houses;

2

for all other loading and unloading operations: 30 m between the centre of the rear of the parked truck in the loading and unloading area and the nearest houses.

The distances specified in paragraph 1 may be reduced after taking additional structural noise-reducing measures such as the installation of a noise barrier if it is demonstrated that the conditions stated in paragraph 2 of Article 4.5.7.0.3 have been satisfied. This may be demonstrated by means of a noise study prepared by an environmental expert recognised in the discipline of noise and vibrations as stated in Article 6, 1, c), a of the VLAREL.


Loading and unloading of goods at establishments with an indoor loading and unloading area.

Article 4.5.7.1.4. Without prejudice to Article 4.5.7.0.3, no minimum distances between the loading and unloading area and the nearest houses apply to the loading and unloading of goods in the early morning and late evening at establishments with an indoor loading and unloading area if the nearest houses are situated in an area as stated in Appendix 2.2.1, 2.

Manoeuvring the truck.

Article 4.5.7.1.5.

Without prejudice to Article 4.5.7.0.4, a minimum distance of 10 m between the route taken when manoeuvring the truck in the early morning and late evening and the nearest houses applies if the nearest houses are situated in an area as stated in Appendix 2.2.1, 2.

The distance specified in paragraph 1 may be reduced after taking additional structural noise-reducing measures such as the installation of a noise barrier if it is demonstrated that the conditions stated in Article 4.5.7.0.4 have been satisfied. This may be demonstrated by means of a noise study prepared by an environmental expert recognised in the discipline of noise and vibrations as stated in Article 6, 1, c), a of the VLAREL.

Without prejudice to Article 4.5.7.0.4, no minimum distance between the route taken when manoeuvring the truck and the nearest houses applies to manoeuvring the truck in the early morning and late evening at establishments with an indoor loading and unloading area if the route taken when manoeuvring the truck lies entirely within a closed building and if the nearest houses are situated in an area as stated in Appendix 2.2.1, 2.