Engine Brake Noise- Standards

Question Without Notice No. 690 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 September 2010 by Hon Lynn Maclaren

Parliament: 38 Session: 1


ENGINE BRAKE NOISE — STANDARDS

690. Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the Minister for Transport:

(1) Has the engine brake noise limits in-service standard been introduced in line with the model laws endorsed by the Australian Transport Council in November 2007?

(2) If no to (1) -

(a) why not; and

(b) when will the standard be introduced?

(3) Will the government be introducing noise cameras to monitor and enforce the standard, and therefore improve amenity for local communities affected by truck noise?

Hon SIMON O’BRIEN replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of this question.

(1) No, this model legislation has not yet been introduced.

(2) (a) Implementation in other Australian jurisdictions has encountered technical difficulties in enforcement of noise standards.

(b) Implementation of the model legislation will be considered when the technical issues have been addressed.

(3) Main Roads Western Australia is communicating with other states that are working through the legal practicalities needed to implement an enforcement regime based on a noise camera. If these states can demonstrate the feasibility of such a regime, a similar approach will be considered for Western Australia.