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

- said Gov't may be forced to implement measures if noise nuisance continues
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, by utilizing a silencer. Photo: HoA/Youtube
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. Photo: VINO/File
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. Photo: VINO/File
DUFF’S BOTTOM, Tortola, VI – 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.

'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.

35 Responses to ““It is a nuisance! Put a silencer on your bikes’ - Premier Fahie ”

  • SMHH (04/01/2021, 12:27) Like (77) Dislike (6) Reply
    smh.. only now you going say that?? wow.. just wow.. should of at least put back the curfew for the scooters..
    • To smhh (04/01/2021, 13:03) Like (5) Dislike (53) Reply
      Put you on curfew shut your down island behind up
    • Fran (04/01/2021, 15:33) Like (36) Dislike (0) Reply
      NOT MAYBE!!! Defiantly put silencers on these scooters. Maybe is unacceptable. We are stressed out with the noise and our nerves are frazzled. Give them a time frame to get it done and then stick to it. Simple as that.
    • the rock (05/01/2021, 14:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is the commisnor of police responsibility Hon Premier, call on him!
  • agreed (04/01/2021, 12:27) Like (51) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is time for the loud bikes to stop. It is time for the bikers that is making all the noise at nights to have some consideration for others.
  • Rubber Duck (04/01/2021, 12:30) Like (60) Dislike (1) Reply
    You are wasting your time asking them. They will just laugh at you.

    We need laws, penalties including crushing bikes , and action by the police.


  • Ghost (04/01/2021, 12:38) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
    Amen!! Hon. Premier.. you were truly chosen! And while you’re at it because of the increase rise in motor bike accidents/fatalities of irresponsible bikers PLEASE DO NOT allow the entry of bigger bikes into the country.. life over votes- I APPLAUD you.. you are “human” above politics.. Thank you..I’m so Proud having you as our Premier.. Blessings..
  • Hmm (04/01/2021, 13:02) Like (52) Dislike (4) Reply
    Mr. Premier only one point of clarification. It is not only a Sunday afternoon noise, but a daily noise. Persons cannot get sufficient rest to focus on work the next day because of the nightly noise. All hours of night. Put a special curfew for these scooters. Let them be off the road by 7 or 8. Allow us to rest at night peacefully. As it stands now, the noise is a constant source of stress.
  • Servant of the Most High God in Christ Jesus (04/01/2021, 13:06) Like (3) Dislike (6) Reply
    I thing that that we the citizens of the B.V.I and others the reside among us shold not be to hard on our leaders. We should realized that they are under severe pressure brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic etc. And it is slightly than two years since they have been given leaders positions to lead as top governments leaders. However, we are expecting that 2021-2022 you will do much better than you have already done. To all the Government leader of the Legislators, May God guide you to make the right decisions for the betterment of us all. Happy and prosperous New Year.
  • WHAT!!!! (04/01/2021, 13:08) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Premier do you honestly think that these riders will listen to you and silence their scooters ? You must be living in dream land. Police action is needed to remove this cra* from our society and it needs to be done now.
  • Citizen (04/01/2021, 13:17) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    They are not going to listen. Government just needs to implement a solution immediately! The imbeciles have no conscience. Every other second you at home, the bloody house sound like a flipping race track. It’s unbearable! Please Help. All communities/districts suffering. Don’t wait on them Honorable Premier. They are not going to fix anything in there own! Have multiple “stop and check points” throughout the islands 6 times a month. All they have to do is rev there bikes. If they fail, hold the bikes until mufflers are adjusted. Come on, if not that try something else. But do it immediately. Please.
  • Lawless society (04/01/2021, 13:28) Like (45) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Premier noisy bikes are just a symptom of a lawless society.
  • mah (04/01/2021, 13:31) Like (37) Dislike (1) Reply
    Enforce the laws that are already in place for motor vehicles, No helmet, no license, no insurance, putting other drivers at risk of accidents, and noise. Police do what you are paid for.
    • Jason (05/01/2021, 04:07) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      if the commissioner of police was local lots of people would be asking questions. How come crime continues to rise especially violent crimes. How come one does not see police patrolling the streets.
  • Norris Turnbull (04/01/2021, 13:41) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    Bout time
  • LilyAnn (04/01/2021, 15:51) Like (2) Dislike (44) Reply
    struuups .... all these old heads act like they wasnt once young
    • WHAT!!! (04/01/2021, 18:02) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
      “LilyAnn” yes we were all young once but never had the selfishness and total disregard for our fellow citizens as these idiots do.
  • Sense. (04/01/2021, 18:02) Like (20) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is not just the bikes . It is trucks with Jake Brakes , trucks with altered mufflers, cars with backseats converted to Disco boxes . Inconsiderate drivers who like to share their “musical ‘ taste with everyone within a Quarter mile of their vehicle.
    It is mimicking the Ghetto mentality in the TV movies about young wannabe gangsters in the inner cities .
  • Crusher (04/01/2021, 19:21) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cops need to just seize all the noisy bikes, cars, trucks, etc. and just crush them for scrap metal export. No requests, warnings, tickets, fines, etc. Just crush the noise!
  • minimum age (04/01/2021, 20:42) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    use some sense. Minimum age of 25 to drive bikes. Heavier fines on traffic violations.
  • bars (04/01/2021, 22:12) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Put the silencers on the bikes! And don't forget to make sure these bars/ strip clubs are sound proof. THE BARS ARE A NUISANCE TOO especially the ones in residential areas. We need new laws if we don't have them already and we need ro enforce them. Are we so far gone that we are lawless?
    • Yes (05/01/2021, 08:50) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Mactcha and causes too much traffic hold up. when done u see police there all night directing traffic , wat a country
  • not only (04/01/2021, 22:31) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    Not only scooter the next time I cant rest in my house because of noise loud music and chatting all hours of the day and night I will be waking up all 13 of you. If we cant sleep you not going to sleep either. You all playing with these laws communities crying for help and all just allowing these crooks to get away with a lot of things. Affecting our health and sleep
  • not enough (04/01/2021, 22:41) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    If this is not enough with these bars. You all still have the heart to be up grading them from bars to clubs and sports bars. They already a nuisance and that's still getting signed off on. Time to do something with them. Some the curfew means nothing to them. For sure I'm going to wake you all up our lives matter. Do something
  • Youth (05/01/2021, 00:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Premier you are on target.
  • voter (05/01/2021, 04:57) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Fahie, However many votes you think you might get from scooter riders, you are losing ten times as many from fed up voters. You look very weak from your failure to act on this public nuisance.
  • lol (05/01/2021, 07:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply

    Anyone sensible enough could have seen this coming . A few years back ,two officers were convicted, and lost their jobs as a result of enforcing the traffic laws , the department that they were working in at that time . There were all kind of senseless and xenophobic comments made about the officers. A lot of persons refused to stand up for truth and respect . I am not an older person and I totally despise the noise and irresponsible riding that is created and displayed by these bike riders but hey in the BVI you create your monsters and then complain about them later when they start terrifying you and others , all in the name of favoritism.

    A good teacher once said if you don’t discipline your child in time they turn out to be a @#$%& to you in the end .

  • Money Talks (05/01/2021, 09:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why are we asking them kindly?
    Put legislation in place wherein police officers can ticket you for being over a certain decibel limit at any point in time.

    $200 per infraction.

    See how fast they change their tune when they have no gas money.
  • Its LAW !!! (05/01/2021, 09:09) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    DMV code says that there is a maximum sound .... as does it with Tint... Police just need to uphold the LAW!!!
  • Silencer (05/01/2021, 09:34) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    These bikes were not bought with these ridiculous mufflers. Bike owners changed them, so they simply need to take off those noise maker and put back the original mufflers that the bike was purchased with
  • Correction (05/01/2021, 19:59) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is not about putting silencer on tge bike. You need to make a law to stop them from tampering with the bikes origional muffler. The origion sound that tge bikes supposed to make are not bothersome but when they tamper with the muffler thats when we are being bothered.

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