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Wednesday, 16 August 1972
Page: 262

Mr Enderby asked the Minister for the Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Is it a fact that there is no effective legislation in the Australian Capital Territory to control the noise of motor cycles and other motor vehicles.

(2)   How many complaints have been received by the Australian Capital Territory Police concerning excessive noise caused by motor vehicles in each of the last 5 years.

(3)   Were these complaints investigated.

(4)   Did any of these investigations result in matters being taken, by way of prosecution, before the Court of Petty Sessions.

(5)   If so, how many (a) were so taken and (b) resulted in convictions being recorded.

(6)   Is legislation being prepared to control the nuisance created by excessive motor vehicle noise.

(7)   If so, (a) what stage has the drafting of the legislation reached and (b) when is it anticipated that the legislation will be placed before die Parliament.

Mr Hunt (GWYDIR, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Interior) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   , (4), (5), (6) and (7) Since 17th May 1971, 121 motorists have been reported for having inefficient silencers resulting in 107 summonses being issued. Nevertheless, the Department of the Interior is aware that the present provisions of the Motor Traffic Ordinance dealing with vehicles causing undue noise are not sufficiently wide to cover excessive noise arising from irresponsible use of motor vehicles. Action is being taken to strengthen the Ordinance but a draft has not yet been prepared. It should be ready for the Budget session. No statistics are kept about convictions of motorists summonsed for having inefficient silencers.

(2)   and (3) No statistics are kept about the number of complaints concerning excessive noise by motor vehicles but it is estimated that they number two or three a week. Inquiries are made and appropriate action taken in relation to complaints.

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