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Should you own a vehicle with an alarm, you should ensure that the alarm cuts out after a 5 minute period. This is a requirement of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986. The Police and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) enforce this legislation and may prosecute if an alarm does not comply.
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We will advise you of the reference number of your report, which you should quote if you contact us again about this matter.
The type of noise sources included within vehicles, machinery and equipment include:
Should the noise continue to sound, action can be taken by the Department to undertake works in default to remedy the situation. Such action may,for example, include obtaining access into the vehicle to silence the alarm, or in some cases the vehicle or equipment can be removed. All costs incurred in undertaking any works in default will be recharged to the owner of the vehicle.
The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 require that a five minute cut-out device is fitted to all vehicle alarms. The Police and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) enforce this legislation and may prosecute if an alarm does not comply. Ensure that your alarm is designed to cut out after 5 minutes.
Ensure that when you leave your vehicle that is locked and all the doors and windows are properly closed so that the alarm will not be inadvertently operated.
For other equipment to be used within the street, ensure that it is located as far away from residential properties as practicable and source equipment that is appropriately silenced.
What happens if a car alarm sounds and the owner cannot be contacted?
All reasonable attempts will be made to identify and contact the owner or a vehicle or persons that hold the keys to a vehicle, however if they cannot be traced or contacted and officers confirm that the noise from the alarm is a nuisance, action can be taken to silence the alarm.
What if my car is broken into and that is why the alarm is sounding?
Should Officers believe that the vehicle has been broken into or there is evidence that attempts to break in have been made, then the Police will be contacted in respect of this. However the alarm should still only sound for a maximum of 5 minutes. Should the alarm continue to sound then the Council has a duty to investigate the matter and the appropriate action will be taken.
If my car or equipment is removed as a way of resolving the noise complaint, where will it be taken and how can I get it back?
Should any vehicle be removed, the registered keeper of the vehicle will be notified in writing that the vehicle has been removed and details will be provided as to whom to contact to arrange to collect the vehicle. You will be responsible for all costs incurred by the Council for the removal and storage of the vehicle.
What happens if there is a noisy generator outside my house because of roadwork’s?
All sources of vehicles machinery and equipment can be investigated to determine if the noise they create is a statutory nuisance. There are always occasions where temporary works or emergency works are required, during such time Officers would attempt to determine the nature and duration of the works and ensure that the equipment used was suitably silenced.