"Considerate Contractor" Scheme in the U.K.

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Ref: Richmond and Twickenham Times, 19-Sep-2003


By Lucy Oldham

Richmond-upon-Thames Council are encouraging builders to keep the noise down, following hundreds of complaints they receive from residents.

The Considerate Contractor Scheme will aim to ensure building contractors are considerate of their neighbours. It proposes a Code of Practice - not enforced by law but the council would encourage developers to adhere to it - covering site safety, dust, noise and hours of working. Councillor David Marlow, Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: "The Borough of Rich-mond has a buoyant property market and this inevitably brings some disruption and disturbance when sites are developed or refurbishment takes place.

"Each year we receive hundreds of complaints about building works and their impact on the environment, and we are determined to drastically reduce this problem. The scheme is currently in its draft stage, and we are inviting comments on it from contractors, builders and local residents before it is finally approved," he added.

"Whistle tips" banned in California

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Ref: KRON-TV, San Francisco, 28-Aug-2003


SACRAMENTO (BCN)-- The California Senate voted 22-15 today to approve legislation authored by Oakland Assemblywoman Wilma Chan that prohibits the installation and use of "whistle tips," devices that emit an ear-splitting shriek when attached to car exhaust pipes.

"These devices serve no purpose other than to annoy anyone within earshot with horrible noise pollution," said Chan, a Democrat. The bill is aimed at combatting a trend in Oakland and other urban communities whereby vehicles are being equipped with whistle tips, which are small metal cylinders welded inside a tailpipe and produce a high-pitched whistle when the vehicle is being driven. 

"They're very annoying, and we've received complaints about them from all over the East Bay," Chan said. "Their only purpose is to create noise, which may be fun for the drivers but isn't fun for the people who have to listen to them," she said. Residents in urban neighborhoods want the devices banned so that their neighborhoods can be made quiet, Chan said.

Oakland officials tried to crack down on whistle tips about a year ago, but were unable to get very far because state laws governing the devices are ambiguous, she said. Under the legislation, violators would get citations and a fine of up to $250 would be assessed for each violation. Businesses that install the devices could face fines of up to $1,000.

The bill will return to the state Assembly after Labor Day for a vote. If approved, it could be on Gov. Gray Davis' desk by the end of next week. Chan said she believes Davis will sign her bill.


- Assembly Bill 377

Wilma Chan, California 16th Assembly District

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