Those attending the forthcoming meeting on Thursday 19 November at 5pm at Moores Hotel may like to know that legislation making such activities a criminal offence already exists. The Vehicle Noise etc. Ordinance, 1986, section 1, provides that, except when taking part in a licensed road event, ‘a person shall not use a motor vehicle on any public highway in such manner as to cause excessive noise which could be avoided by the exercise of reasonable care on his part.’
A motor vehicle means ‘any mechanically propelled vehicle’ and ‘excessive’ obviously means ‘unnecessary’. The penalty on conviction is a fine not exceeding Level 2 on the Uniform Scale of Fines (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 1989, which, since 2006, has been £1,000. The problem therefore seems to be one of the will to enforce, rather than any absence of available legislation.
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