British Virgin Islands

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2021

“It is a nuisance! Put a silencer on your bikes’

“It is a nuisance! Put a silencer on your bikes’

Virgin Islands (VI) Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) has called on local bikers to stop the noise nuisance created by their motorcycles and bikes.

The Premier made the call during the Fifth Sitting of the Third Session of the Fourth House of Assembly (HoA) on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at the Save the Seed Energy Centre in Duff’s Bottom, Tortola.

“I love bike riding, but those of you with these loud motorbikes that going into these areas late night and afternoon, it is a nuisance! and I'm asking you to put on the silence on your bike and avoid these areas,” Hon Fahie said.

“We as a government don't want to have to come to put measures in place for this, so I'm asking with a clarion call to all bikers, put on a silencer on your bike and stop this loud noise all around the place where persons are calling us and you're doing it in hours, in places, where there's a lot of seniors... they can't get any rest,” the Premier urged.

Many motor scooter riders are in the habit of tampering with the scooter's exhaust to get a louder sound. This has caused many persons in the community to publicly call on Government to address the noise nuisance issue.

Former Premier, Dr D. Orlando Smith had also warned that the loud noise emitted from the tampered motor scooters could cause permanent hearing loss.


The Premier said when he factors in the hospital bills that come as a result of motorcycle accidents, the government might be forced to implement measures to curtail both the noise and the accidents.

'Wrong cannot be right' - Premier Fahie


Hon Fahie told the HoA that while some persons believe the government is unwilling to address the issue out of fear of losing the youth vote, that is not the case.

“Be considerate… some person told me that I'm not going to touch it because we will lose the young vote. Man look, COVID-19 you don't know who will make it into 2021, 2022. I studying an election in 2023? Be considerate, wrong can’t be right,” he said.

The Premier said when he factors in the hospital bills that come as a result of motorcycle accidents, the government might be forced to implement measures to curtail both the noise and the accidents.

“I'm asking you, I'm pleading with you to put yourself in the position of most of these persons who have worked hard during the week and then come home Sunday afternoon and all the noise you’re going with the bike, put a silencer on the bike!” Premier Fahie urged.

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