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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . . Page.. 1353..


Answers to questions

Environment—noise pollution

(Question No 1821)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, upon notice, on 12 February 2008 (redirected to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services):

(1) Could the Minister provide data concerning the amount of complaints received by ACT Policing regarding noise pollution caused by audio systems in vehicles;

(2) Is the Government planning to change or introduce any legislation or regulations to reduce or limit the noise pollution from these audio systems.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. The Australian Federal Police have advised that in the 12 months from 1 Feb 2007 to 31 January 2008 1819 noise related complaints have been received. It is not possible to determine whether any particular complaint related to noise from a vehicle audio system. The AFP indicate that a small number could relate to vehicles parked in public places.

2. The ACT is consistent with other jurisdictions in applying registration standards to all vehicles used on the road network. The Australian vehicle safety standards which incorporate the Australian Design Rules (ADRs) and the Australian Vehicle Safety Rules (AVSRs) mandate maximum vehicle noise emissions levels for engine and exhaust components only.

The ACT Government has no immediate plans to introduce legislation to restrict the use of stereo sound equipment in motor vehicles. Enforcement would be problematic in validating the level of noise, measurement of the moving vehicle and testing the variable nature from the source. Enforcement officers are unlikely to be at the site at the time of the alleged offence and if a vehicle was to be tested after a complaint it would be very difficult to establish at what volume the stereo was operated at the time of the offence.

ACTION bus service—bus shelters

(Question No 1828)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 12 February 2008:

What are the plans for erecting bus shelters in Wentworth Avenue, where many people wait for buses in the rain and full sunshine.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

1. The need for two bus shelters on Wentworth Avenue has been identified. These bus shelters will be installed (City bound) between Giles Street and Gosse Street and (Fyshwick bound) between Eyre Street and Dawes Street. These two shelters are in


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