Anti-loud music campaign showing results, traffic department says
Stabroek News
March 22, 2007

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Traffic Chief Roland Alleyne says the department's campaign against loud music in public transportation is proving effective with more adhering to the regulations, the Government Information Agency (GINA) has reported.

"Our daily operation where we continue to pull in public transportation with loud music is proving to be successful… Since we had intensified this campaign early last year, there had been a significant reduction in the level of noise," a GINA release quoted Alleyne as saying.

According to the release, vehicles fitted with sound amplification systems, such as boosters and boom boxes are being targeted as part of the campaign which started nationwide last year to curb loud music in minibuses, taxis, and other from of public transportation.

Alleyne said there have been numerous complaints from minibus about speeding and operators playing loud music with sometimes very distasteful lyrics.

This practice , he said, is unlawful and could negatively impact schoolchildren and added that the department has not forgotten those vehicles fitted with Digital Video Discs (DVD) players.

"We have clamped down seriously on this. If you travel now you would notice that there are hardly any DVD players in public transport and if there are, no adult material is being played," he told GINA.

The traffic chief said the department would continue to carry out its duty efficiently and ensure that commuters are not inconvenienced and are safe when using public transportation, but noted that recently private vehicles have been involved in most of the accidents.

Meanwhile, Alleyne pleaded for adherence to traffic laws and urged operators to desist from overloading their vehicles.

"I am asking drivers to have tolerance towards other drivers and observe the speed limit. Doing this will help save lives," Alleyne said.