WATERCOOLER: Italy bans loud music in cars, should we?

IT is now a crime in Italy to blast loud music from a car stereo.

The Supreme Court in Rome ruled that loud music constituted "the disturbance of people's sleep" when it upheld a judgement by a lower court in Sicily against a young man who was stopped by police for blaring deafening music from his car.

The Daily Telegraph UK reports he had installed what was described as a "monster stereo" in his vehicle, with three amplifiers, one of 1,500 watts and the other two of 200 watts.

He will have to pay a 300 euro (A$457) fine as well as 1,000 euros (A$1500) in legal costs and his stereo will be confiscated.

DO YOU FIND LOUD MUSIC BLARING FROM CARS DISTURBING? SHOULD IT BE BANNED IN AUSTRALIA?

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Australia already has laws on noise pollution.

There are certain limits on noise emissions from vehicles, venues and domestic use of certain equipment.

In one Queensland council, some noise regulations include maximum loudness in decibels:

  • Quiet room in the house - 20 to 30 decibels
  • Daytime in a quiet residential street - 35 to 45 decibels
  • Large busy office - 50 to 60 decibels
  • Lawn mower from 15 metres away - 70 decibels

Noise from music, loud stereos, parties, rowdy behaviour, dogs, hoons, burnouts, street racing, loud vehicles and clubs and pubs is considered as a noise emission.

Local councils, police and transport departments primarily share responsibility for enforcing noise control regulations.


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