A bill has been tabled in Ukraine’s parliament that aims to impose administrative penalties for driving vehicles that exceed permissible noise levels, David Arakhamia, leader of the Servant of the People parliamentary faction, said on Telegram on Aug. 5.
Violators will face a fine of UAH 17,000 (nearly $464 at the current forex rate), repeat offenses will be fined a double sum – UAH 34,000 ($928), along with driving suspension for up to six months.
Arakhamia cited an investigation by journalist Mykhailo Tkach from Ukrainska Pravda. NV’s sister publication, which highlights the trend of street racing in modified cars in Kyiv during the war.
"More and more people flinch every time they hear the sound of straight-pipe exhausts. And it’s not just soldiers," he noted.
"Street racing in cities in wartime is prohibited,” Arakhamia added. “Yet, (the racers) continue to do it, failing to understand that times have changed. Today, people who wear a (military) uniform are considered cool, not poeple who rev their engine at traffic lights. And loud noises inflict trauma on people who have experienced war.”
Arakhamia said that vehicles exceeding permissible noise levels would only be prohibited within populated areas. Outside those areas, as before, training and competitions will still be allowed, he said.
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