Iceland fined for making too much noise

Photo credit: Kjetil Ree licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

When you read the headline, you probably reacted as I did. How could noise made in Iceland, in the far reaches of the North Atlantic, be heard in its nearest neighbors?

No, silly, not Iceland the country, Iceland a UK grocery chain. The Iceland store in Colchester, England was allowing delivery drivers to pick up orders outside authorized times.

Iceland did not contest the fine. As a municipal official noted, “[h]ouses and neighbors were there before the store came.”

Imagine if all cities and towns handled noise complaints and enforced existing noise ordinances in their jurisdictions.

The world would be a quieter and better place.

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