Land Transport (Road User) Rule 2004

7.4 Noise

(1)

A driver must not operate a vehicle that creates noise that, having regard to all the circumstances, is excessive.

(2)

A person must not create by any means (for example, a car stereo) within or on a vehicle any noise that, having regard to all the circumstances, is excessive.

(3)

In determining whether any noise is excessive, regard may be had, in addition to all other relevant matters, to—

(a)

the manner of operation of the vehicle:

(b)

the condition of the vehicle:

(c)

the time of the day when the noise is created:

(d)

the locality where the noise is created:

(e)

the likelihood of annoyance to any person:

(f)

any relevant standard or specification that applies under the Act.

(4)

Without limiting any enactment other than this rule, the following are authorised:

(a)

the use of sirens fitted to emergency vehicles being used on urgent occasions:

(b)

when the driver is in distress, the use of audible security alarms fitted to small passenger service vehicles:

(c)

when a person in or associated with the use of the vehicle is in distress, the use of audible security alarms fitted to a motor vehicle that is being operated by the holder of a licence as a property guard under the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010 and that is being used to transport money or other valuable goods.

(5)

A person must not, at any time,—

(a)

use a warning device on a motor vehicle otherwise than as a reasonable traffic warning; or

(b)

make an unnecessary or unreasonably loud, harsh, or shrill noise by means of a warning device on a motor vehicle.

(6)

A person must not operate a siren fitted to an emergency vehicle unless the vehicle is readily identifiable by means of—

(a)

its construction; or

(b)

the operation of a beacon or beacons; or

(c)

an identification sign.

Compare: SR 1976/227 rr 29(1), (5), (6), 69(3)–(6)

Clause 7.4(4)(c): amended, on 1 April 2011, by section 121(2) of the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010 (2010 No 115).