Noise Control Legislation

  • OPM

  • Minister for the Environment

  • Ministry Transport & Infrastructure

  • Ministry for Social Dialogue

  • Ministry for Justice

  • Ministry for the Economy

  • Ministry for Tourism

  • Ministry for home affairs

  • Authority For Transport in Malta Act

  • Malta Travel & Tourism Act

  • Env. Protection Act

  • Env. & Development Planning Act

  • Building Reg. Act

  • Trading Licence Act

  • Occupation Health & Safety Act

  • Code of Police Law

  • Criminal Code

  • Motor Vehicles Reg. SL 65.11

  • MVR Test Reg. 65.15 **

  • Pedal and Low-Powered Cycles 365/2012 **

  • Recreational Craft Reg. 128/2005 *

  • Env Mgmt. Cons. Site Reg. LN 295/2007

  • Machinery Reg., L.N. 147/ 2009

  • Catering Establishment Reg. L.N.409.15

  • Trading Licence Reg. LN 420/2016

  • Business Hours S.L.441.08

  • Prot. from Noise @ place of work LN 158/2006 *

  • Maint. of good Order  S. L. 10.40

  • L.N. 193/ 2004 (END)

  • Industrial Uses  L.N. 74 /2014

Ministry

Laws

Regulations

The above tabulation depicts the legislative structure for the management of noise. Monitoring of the regulation is the remit of twelve entities responsible to eight Ministries. Nevertheless enforcement, as a rule, is the domain of the Police. Since, noise nuisance is not at the top of the law & order administration a just-in-time solution is never possible.

 

Furthermore, a noise level criterion is not included in the above regulations, with the exception of LN 158/2006. Hence, the evaluation of the noise nuisance is subjective and therefore unreliable to bring a satisfactory solution.

** The acceptable noise levels in the respective Regulations run counter to the EU Regulations

 

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