Vehicle related noise offences

Noise as a result of vehicle repairs, horns, alarms, stereos and running engines can cause a lot of disturbance to neighbours.

Your duties as a vehicle owner

If you own a car or motorbike, you need to know about vehicle-related noise offences and take care not to commit them.

  • Legal action can be taken if car repairs cause a noise nuisance, which can lead to prosecution or seizure of tools. In extreme cases, it can lead to eviction.
  • It is an offence under the Road Traffic Acts to sound your horn before 8am or after 11pm.
  • Vehicle owners whose car alarms ring for long periods of time can be prosecuted. Officers have the power to break into a car to turn the alarm off, or to tow the car away. The owner will incur costs for the call-out. Ensure that your car alarm has an automatic cut out after five minutes of ringing.
  • Fines can be incurred for owners of cars whose radios or stereos are being played at high volumes.
  • It is an offence under the Road Traffic Acts to let an engine run whilst a vehicle is stationary. This is sometimes unavoidable, but do be considerate to neighbours that live close by.

More information is available in the 'Noise from stationary vehicles' leaflet.

Download the stationary vehicle noise leaflet

Report a noise nuisance