Legislation to ban bikes and three-wheel vehicles from operating between 5 pm to 5 am daily is to be drafted in the British Virgin Islands.
Premier Andrew Fahie announced in a statement on Wednesday that Cabinet has already approved the regulation in accordance with Section 56 of the territory’s Road Traffic Act, (CAP. 218).
He said the move is “for the safety and convenience of the public, for a period that will not exceed three weeks”.
While noting that government wants to also ensure the safety of bikers, Fahie added: “The Minister for Transportation, Works & Utilities [Kye Rymer], will instruct the Attorney General [Baba Aziz] to draft the required regulation.”
Noise poses a health risk
Fahie’s announcement comes amid continued complaints about noisy bikers in and around local communities.
A few months ago, former BVI First Lady Lorna Smith described the noise as an ‘unbearable’ nuisance brought on by unemployed drag racers during night-time hours.
In a subsequent Facebook post on May 11, her husband, former Premier Dr D Orlando Smith, advised that the practice of riders altering mufflers on their motorbikes can result in permanent hearing loss.
He said these bikes are a disturbance to the community and creates noise “far above the recommended 80 decibels”.
The Center for Disease Control has said noise above 70 decibels over a prolonged period may start to damage a person’s hearing.
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