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Building noise gripes dip 1/3 since 2011 ban

624 firms caught violating stop-work order since 2011; stiffest fine levied is $13k

Published on Jun 23, 2014 9:03 AM
In 2009, the NEA received about 13,000 complaints related to worksite noise and this rose to around 20,000 - or about 55 a day - in 2012. Last year the number of complaints dipped to around 17,000. -- ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

THE clanging and clattering of construction work on weekends and public holidays has continued despite a 2011 ban on such noisy activities.

It became compulsory then for all building projects to stop work from 10pm on Saturday until 7am on Monday or from 10pm on the eve of a public holiday until 7am the day after.

But since the ruling kicked in, 624 companies have been caught violating the stop-work order, the National Environment Agency (NEA) told The Straits Times.

The heaviest penalty meted out for the offence so far was a fine of $13,000, though the maximum fine is $40,000.

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