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Mauritius makes it illegal to play loud music in car or building

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Mauritius makes it illegal to play loud music in car or building

Mauritian motorists have been warned; Turn down the tunes or face a fine.

The Environment Protection (Control of Noise) Regulations 2022 and the Environment Protection (Environmental Standards for Noise) Regulations 2022 will be promulgated, according to latest Cabinet papers.

Along with the loud music, the new law will also take on the exhaust systems and vehicle mufflers. Reports suggest that such loud exhausts are not typically factory issued but a custom upgrade from the owner.

The new law will give police or the enforcing agency additional powers to ticket drivers up to Rs10,000 if their music is too loud. 

The authorised officer will also be able to “serve a Fixed Penalty Notice of Rs10,000 on any person for making or causing noise to be made, emanating from a building or premises.”

“In the event the person making or causing the noise in a building or premises cannot be ascertained at the material time, an authorised officer or the enforcing agency would be empowered to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of Rs10,000 on the owner of that building or premises who shall be presumed to have made or caused to be made the noise.”

“Any person who fails to pay the fixed penalty of Rs10,000 within the prescribed delay, would, upon conviction, be liable to pay a fine not less than thrice the fixed penalty amount,” Cabinet papers read.

In the Environment Protection (Environmental Standards for Noise) Regulations 2022, the meaning of “neighbourhood noise” will be reviewed to also include noise emitted from domestic premises as well as from halls, multipurpose halls and wedding halls, used to accommodate various types of events, places of entertainment, mechanical devices or equipment.

Public health experts also consider excessive noise as a public health issue and a United Nations Environment Programme report recently outlined physical and mental health detriments from urban noise pollution as a top emerging environment threat. 

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