HC Deb 21 January 1959 vol 598 c196
34. Sir F. Medlicott

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation if his attention has been drawn to the increasing noise caused in built-up areas by vehicular traffic, especially motor-cycles and sports cars; and if he is satisfied with the adequacy of the regulations concerning silencers.

Mr. Nugent

The noise problem and methods of dealing with it are continuously under study in our Department in conjunction with the other bodies concerned. The Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations, 1955, contain provisions designed to prevent excessive noise from the exhausts of motor vehicles. Enforcement of the regulations is a matter for the police.

Sir F. Medlicott

Is my hon. Friend aware that this is a case where motor cyclists are the chief offenders? Is he satisfied that the regulations are being adequately enforced?

Mr. Nugent

I am not responsible for the enforcement of them. My hon. Friend must put that question to the Home Secretary. I can say that we are proceeding with research into the problem of noise to see whether some better regulations can be devised. We well realise the importance of this matter.

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