Our expert says:
Have you spoken to your neighbour about this? Because this should be the first step. Write down your concerns in a letter as you have here, and ask your other neighbours to also comment and sign the letter. Don't be hostile when you confront your neighbour, or they are likely to push back. Be pleasant and polite; say you are pleading with them to deal with this problem as a good neighbour. They need to get the car checked by a mechanic/roadworthy centre. You could even consider offering to contribute to the cost of getting it fixed (not ideal I know, but you want results!) If they refuse, then report them to the local traffic department or Arrive Alive (0861 400 800) for driving an unroadworthy vehicle. It is likely unroadworthy, and/or has been altered (often illegal), if making so much noise and fumes. Unfortunately I don’t think the noise and air pollution laws will be much help, however it is illegal in most places (each municipality has their own bylaws for this) to make noise outside normal work hours. It is also illegal for vehicles to make noise above a certain level. See 3 (i) and (j) Noise Control Regulations ito Section 25, Environment Conservation Act. http://www.enviroleg.co.za/acts/Environment%20Conservation/REGS/154-92%20Noise%20control%20regulations.pdf
Although the fumes are undesirable health-wise and you shouldn’t have to tolerate them, the stress and lost sleep from the noise are likely to have a greater negative impact on your family’s health.
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