Fri | Oct 15, 2021

Noisy motorcycles a major headache

Published:Friday | October 8, 2021 | 12:08 AM


I have been complaining for a couple of years about the excessive noise being experienced in my community from motorcycles’ exhaust pipe, which has become even worse lately.

I have had discussions with members of parliament, the minister who is responsible to deal with it, the Traffic Authority, the police, and the Bureau of Standards, but to no avail. Although I did see a WhatsApp message in July 2021 from a police source indicating that they would be targeting motorcycles that are in breach of the Road Traffic Act, in particular those with very load exhaust tail pipes. However, to date, I have seen no such action.

Recently, while awaiting someone from the National Water Commission to respond to a query on my bill, I sat in my living room for several hours without any luck and during that period, I experienced the constant noise coming from the motorcycles passing my house, which faces Old Hope Road (Mona Heights, St Andrew).

As I am writing this, I am now having a headache as the noise continues unabated.

This situation has got worse since the ‘No Movement’ phase of the COVID-19 containment exercise, as these motorcycles are allowed to operate during the curfew hours in order to deliver food.

This is also a health and financial issue for me, as well as other senior citizens in my community, as the noise, the pollution and the depreciation in our home value combined, caused by these recalcitrant operators, is extremely significant.

I am therefore once more pleading with the relevant authority(ies) to take some action immediately.