Popular resort among Russians introduces fines for noise pollution

A resort popular with Russians introduces fines for noise pollution

The resorts of Spain will replenish their already extensive range of resorts with the next original fines from tourists and institutions serving them. The resort of Alicante, once very popular with our tourists, introduces fines for “noise pollution”. At the same time, the size of the fine reaches up to 300 thousand euros – however, such a scale does not threaten tourists, but they will be fined in the amount of 600 euros – that is, about 50 thousand rubles. At the current exchange rate, tourists also have a risk. Moreover, for actions that many consider normal.

According to Spanish media, the authorities of Alicante announced that they are revising the rules introduced in March 2019, and warns of large fines ranging from 600 to 300,000 euros, as well as the closure of business for anyone who will maliciously violate the rules on noise pollution.

The rules seem to have been written at the request of rather “nervous” local residents. At the very least, the authorities said that they were taken precisely in connection with the huge number of complaints from locals that Alicante was “too noisy”. Noise pollution, for example, is not only loud music from the speakers of tourists on the beach or on the street, but also “too loud conversations” in the territory that borders on the private territory of other people. Bars and cafes will be banned from rattling chairs – the rules seriously provide for special rubber pads on the legs of chairs and tables so that they do not “rattle” when they are placed on the streets in the morning and do not “grind” under tourists. Of course, it will also be possible to demand a reduction in the opening hours of noisy establishments, including bars and cafes. True, in order to fine an institution, an “acoustic study” of activities that cause discomfort will be required.

Some of the requirements of the new law, however, may be to the taste of tourists: they are unlikely to object to measures aimed at prohibiting or at least regulating noisy activities inside buildings, loading and unloading operations on public roads and construction activities. The new rules also aim to reduce excess noise from air conditioners, refrigeration equipment that creates noise and/or vibration, construction work, and garbage disposal. They will also try to ban “domestic and farm” animals from making noise. The Noise Ordinance is currently being approved and will be approved on March 30.

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