New Noise Control Act: Minister explains what follows after citizens file a complaint
If they measure the illicit level of noise on the spot, they will be entitled to close the facility immediately, the Minister of Environmental Protection added on the news to the amendments to the Noise Control Act which is under preparation.
"It will be the only convincing way to protect people from noise", Trivan said, explaining that inspectors will have special devices that can measure noise on site.
"The law will be changed so that, unlike previous practice, inspectors, whatever their capacity is, whether it is communal militia or environmental inspectors, will be certified as individuals which will allow them to measure noise, whereas so far only institutions were entitled to measure it", Trivan tells Tanjug.
He stated that the current law was not precise or clear enough, without providing instruments to protect citizens from noise.
Minister noted that a certain period would be left for the acoustic insulation of the facilities to be carried out, so that their owners could continue with their activities, but that they would not be allowed to endanger their neighborhood with it.
He emphasized that noise is an acute problem and a chronic one in populated areas.
"We are not aware of how much noise affects our lives and especially at those places where there is extremely high noise during the day, while at night, citizens cannot sleep and live normally", Trivan said. Asked about traffic noise and whether new legal solutions to noise control would also protect citizens living next to the highway, Trivan said that traffic noise in the cities presents a complex problem that should be addressed in another way. "First, there are sound barriers, then the type of asphalt, that is, the pavement, the type of tires we use, including the...