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TRAFFIC ACT 1925 - SECT 42

Use of loudspeakers on or from vehicles

(1)  A person must not use a loudspeaker on or from a vehicle unless –
(a) the person has a permit to do so; or
(b) the person is a police officer, emergency worker or transport inspector acting in the course of his or her duty as a police officer, emergency worker or transport inspector.
Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 10 penalty units.
(2)  Permits for this section are issued by senior police officers and any person may apply in writing for such a permit.
(3)  In determining whether or not to grant an application for a permit, a senior police officer –
(a) must consider the safety and convenience of the public and, if applicable, the arrangements made for the safety and convenience of participants in the relevant activity; and
(b) must, if the relevant activity is of a political character, have regard to the principle that people should be free to engage in lawful political activities; and
(c) may have regard to such other considerations as appear relevant in the circumstances.
(4)  A permit –
(a) is to be in such form as the senior police officer issuing it considers appropriate in the circumstances; and
(b) may be issued only for a specific date or dates, or for a specific period not exceeding 10 days; and
(c) may be made subject to such reasonable conditions as the issuing officer considers necessary or expedient in the interests of public safety; and
(d) must specify the name of the permit holder and the name, or a description, of the relevant activity; and
(e) must also specify the location or, if applicable, route of the relevant activity and the date, dates or period when it will be held.
(5)  A permit –
(a) may be surrendered but is not capable of being amended, renewed or transferred; and
(b) is not a defence to an action or indictment for nuisance.
(6)  The holder of a permit must not contravene a condition of the permit.
Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 10 penalty units.
(7)  The holder of a permit must immediately produce it to a police officer on demand.
Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 10 penalty units.
(8)  In this section –
emergency worker means an emergency worker within the meaning of the Road Rules ;
relevant activity means the fundraising, political or other activity for which a person proposes to use a loudspeaker on or from a vehicle;
transport inspector means an authorised officer who has been identified as a transport inspector by the Commission.



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