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Canberra roads chocker block full of noisy vehicles

By TenPro - 9 March 2010 59

Dear Canberra Residents

Canberra roads are chocker block full of noisy vehicles. If you agree and like me want to do something about this then it would be great if you could comment on this issue here. If I perceive that there is sufficient interest then I will set up a group of interested people with the intent of doing whatever is possible to reduce this problem in Canberra.

In the past I have lodged complaints about noisy motor vehicles with ACT Government agencies on several occasions to no effect. On more than one occasion I lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister. As a result it is clear to me that the ACT Government has no interest in this most important issue.

Unnecessary noise in our community has a grossly negative effect on our community in many ways including the following:

  • It is impossible for many people to relax and feel comfortable in their own homes.
  • It is impossible for many people to sleep well.
  • As a result over a period of time stress levels for many people go up and sleep deprivation worsens.
  • As a result the ability of many people to perform their duties as employees, employers, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters etc. is significantly reduced.

The cost to the community is great in many ways including:

  • Increased health issues.
  • Reduced productivity at work.
  • Reduced ability to perform family responsibilities.
  • Reduced ability to perform community responsibilities.

Our roads are chocker block full of noisy motor vehicles due to a lack of interest in this issue by the ACT Government. Either the relevant legislation is inadequate or it is not being enforced properly.

If you agree with me and would like to do something about this issue then I encourage you to make your position known and comment here.

What’s Your opinion?


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59 Responses to
Canberra roads chocker block full of noisy vehicles
Thumper 10:14 am 10 Mar 10

Katietonia, totally agree with you on that score.

It’s easy not to see someone, but it’s impossible not to hear them.

numberonebbqer 9:25 am 10 Mar 10

“I get really annoyed when petrol heads roar up Forbes street, they are avoiding the camera’s, I just wish the were speed humps, as there are elderly people living in the street.”

I “heard” the speed humps are great for doing burn outs on though

H1NG0 9:10 am 10 Mar 10

Hard to believe that this new invention, the internal combustion engine, would make noise!

What is the world coming to??

hax 8:38 am 10 Mar 10

There aren’t that many noisy vehicles, just a few bad cases, and general noise pollution is a lot worse in larger cities than little old Canberra.

People are going to be okay with adding trains though, right?

Katietonia 8:06 am 10 Mar 10

I’d feel safer on a loud bike like a Harley than any other bike, considering how often drivers don’t actually see you on a bike.

ChrisinTurner 11:56 pm 09 Mar 10

I have been complaining for years to the ACT Government. If you report a particular vehicle they will call it in for a check however the modified muffler is usually replaced for the test then the offending muffler is restored. Some muffler shops will even lend you a legal muffler for the test. In Europe it is illegal to modify any vehicle so that it is noisier than when originally manufactured. So simple a solution!

cleo 11:43 pm 09 Mar 10

I get really annoyed when petrol heads roar up Forbes street, they are avoiding the camera’s, I just wish the were speed humps, as there are elderly people living in the street.

numberonebbqer 10:55 pm 09 Mar 10

I think we might be onto something, maybe the govt should ban all privately owned cars and we can all pay a levy to hire a white or beige hybrid from the RTA.

The youngsters should not see cars as time wasting hobbies and go back to traditional forms of entertainment such as drug use.

….and the loud bike riders and hot-rod drivers can go back to domestic violence

Mathman 10:31 pm 09 Mar 10

Totally agree with you, Tenpro. I’d also like to add the problem of loudly coloured vehicles. Canberra is chocked full of cars painted in all type of loud colours such as ‘Lightning Strike’, ‘Vixen’, ‘Thunder’, ‘Atomic’ and ‘Wildfire’. Just their names cause my eyeballs to reverberate. All of these noisy colours make the traffic look untidy and contribute to visual pollution. What is wrong with a nice cream or beige?

The ACT Government totally ignores this problem and doesn’t even have an agency to complain to. I tried lodging a complaint with artsACT but they didn’t even have a complaints form – in any case they don’t have much concern for visual amenity.

Unnecessary colour also has a grossly negative effect on our community in many ways including the following:

* It is impossible for many people to relax and watch the traffic go by without being visually assaulted
* Mental stress cause by clashing colour combinations in car parks – ‘red and green should never be seen’ applies to cars too you know
* Excess water usage from washing cars because their colour shows up the dust
* Reduced effectiveness of fire engines because they are no longer a distinctive colour
* Increased danger to cyclists because their lycra no longer stands out as they weave through traffic
* Increased speeding as hoons drive loud coloured cars because they know they go faster

Our roads are chocker block full of loudly coloured motor vehicles due to a lack of interest in this issue by the ACT Government. Either the relevant legislation is inadequate or it is not being enforced properly.

I too would like to set up a group of interested people with the intent of doing whatever is possible to reduce the problem of too much colour in Canberra.

yellowredme 10:31 pm 09 Mar 10

I agree wholeheartely, here is our experience:

We live in a house backing onto the corner of Southern Cross Drive and a main road into a suburb. We chose to live here and have become used to the general road noise, but some vehicles are loud enough to wake us even when double glazed windows are closed. Some of these vehicles are from within our suburb and we regularly hear other loud vehicles travel along Southern Cross Drive extremely fast or ‘burn’ around the corner into our suburb with no thought for residents.

We contacted ACT Government quite a few times to ask if trees could be planted between our house and the road to dampen noise, we explained that loud vehicles impact our quality of life, eventually they advised trees would make no difference and instead placed a noise monitor temporarily in our yard. They advised if road noise is above acceptable levels they will consider ways to lessen the noise, we are waiting to hear back from them so we live in hope. They advised we should also contact Police to lodge complaints about loud cars, we havent done this as we think the Police are busy enough without us whining to them and doubted our lone voice could change anything in this regard.

Tenpro once again I agree wholeheartedly, but also think there are planning issues. In a city that is spacious, well planned, with a generally good quality of life, why do alot of residences back directly onto arterial roads. I previously lived in a house backing Belconnen Way with a dirt bank between the house and road making road noise hardly noticable. Improved public transport could also remove cars from the roads and improve our quality of life.

Wraith 9:24 pm 09 Mar 10

Nope, don’t agree with you.

There are much more important issues in life to worry about, the roads are not “chocker block full of noisy vehicles” as you say, a solid survey of peak type traffic will tell you that.

If you live in a noisy street, move, I did in the past and its worked fine.

bd84 8:49 pm 09 Mar 10

Take the rego and lodge the complaint with the RTA? Although that process is rediculously hard work, and requires you to virtually make a stat dec and mail all paper work into them.

Trouble is that even if they do get caught, they make it legal to get it inspected then go home and change it back. I think there’s a far bigger problem in unroadworthy cars on the road than noisy cars, which in comparison to other places is quite low.

troll-sniffer 8:42 pm 09 Mar 10

A noble cause which I would support in a practical way if I thought it would have any effect. Alas alack we live in a society that has very little concern for un-necessary noise. Every corner of the city (apart thank gawd for the lake) is a constant bombardment of noise. It’s a fact of life. Noisy stereos, noisy mowers, noisy vehicle hot dogs and Harley riders with teeny weeny little wieners trying to make up for a lack of inches with excessive noise, etc. The list goes ever on and only a small percentage of the population care or even notice.

Ten points if you can get anything done about though 🙂

Solidarity 8:21 pm 09 Mar 10

We have students being stabbed in public schools, junkies being found dead at bus interchanges and house robberies on the rise, and you think they’re worried about a few noisy cars? I think you need to focus your energy on something a little more worthwhile.

cranky 7:19 pm 09 Mar 10

I moved house from Kambah as a result of the diabolical vehicle noise generated by traffic on Learmonth Drive. The uphill section from Athlon Drive was treated as a performance test by many cars and every Harley. Those things are almost universally modified to straight through exhausts, and no-one has the temerity to clamp down on the riders.

The ACT Gov only enforces vehicular noise standards when a certain citizen from NSW whinged so much that all motorsport at Fairbairn Park is monitored 24 hours per day, and pity help you if your vehicle exceeds the permanent (ACT) noise meter installed in the (NSW) back yard of the above whinger. He has ACT Gov authorities on site at Fairburn Park inside 15 minutes to stop any ‘loud’ vehicle. Funny that the noise generated by railway traffic and heavy vehicles on Sutton Road are ignored.

Not an even-handed policy, but hey, motorsport cannot be tolerated by this Gov. Not artistic enough.

I agree that noisy vehicles are a blight, and whilst the noise level for (new) vehicle rego is being reduced, obnoxious modified loud vehicles do not seem to even touch the radar of the relevant authorities.

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