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Let them have their fetes in sound-proof venues

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

For too long many residents have been complaining about the noise nuisance. I am of the view that the laws pertaining to loud noise and specifically loud music is clear and it is time that the law enforcement agencies begin to take action against the perpetrators. It is time the Commissioner of Police instructs his officers to enforce the regulations in relation to loud music from cars. Remind them of the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Regulations, Chapter 48: 50 No 49 which states: “No musical instrument shall be played, no noisy instrument shall be played or operated in any motor vehicle, whilst in motion, except on the written permission of the Licensing Authority; and any person who plays or operates any such instrument in contravention of this regulation and the driver of the vehicle who permits such instrument to be played or operated is each guilty of an offence against this regulation.”

Remind them also of the The Summary Offences Act, Chapter 11:02, No 70, under “Public Nuisance” which states: “Any person who at any time takes any part in causing a nuisance and any person occupying or having control over any house, yard or premises of whatever nature, who permits such nuisance in such house, yard or premises is, without prejudice to anything contained in any other law, liable on summary conviction to a fine of $1,500 or to imprisonment for six months.”  There is a perception that police officers are in sympathy with the two categories of people mentioned above. So what about residents? Why ask us to make this sacrifice? I read with interest Prof Ken Julien’s (chairman of the board of the EMA) article, “Noise  dulling the senses.” I call on Julien to let his officers work diligently with residents to eliminate this nuisance from bars, homes, fetes etc.

Do not grant any variation of the law to promoters who intend to hold a fete in a residential area. Let them have their fetes in sound-proof venues. In a couple months the renewal of bar licences will be determined in the magistrates courts in the various districts. Petition the courts to not renew licences or lay strict conditions for the granting of licences. Legal minds are of the view that if there is a real fear or possibility that loud music will disturb residents from a nearby bar, they can petition the court for relief. Do it. For too long these people have had no consideration for anyone but themselves. Let your voices be heard.

R Hosein
Pepper Village


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