very loud semi trucks

Friday, December 17 2010 @ 08:43 AM EST

Contributed by: Anonymous

I have lived here in Panama for over seven years, and we love it. We typically live in our cabin in Bocas del Toro where it is very peaceful. On several occasions (and now) we have lived near main arteries like the Interamericas Highway. Unfortunately, there are many large trucks that are unbelievably loud. They basically have no mufflers, and can shake a house located hundreds of meters from the road. I canīt believe that there are no noise regulations that limit these vehicles. What can be done to address this problem to government officials, or the transito? It obviously decreases the quality of life of thousands of families who are living near the road. Do you have any ideas for the simple but annoying problem? We appreciate your website and the informing stories. Keep it up Don. Thanks, Phil Hagen

Editor's Comment: Unfortunately, there are regulations in place that are rarely if ever enforced. You've hit the nail on the head. The one's that get me are the Jake's Brake used through engines with no or poor noise suppression - they can rattle windows from a long ways away. I would bet that you're near a downhill slope or someplace where the trucks have to slow down or stop. They make noise with the Jake Brake as they are coming to a stop, then they make noise again when they accelerate. I guess the only thing you can do is complain, regularly and loudly, to the local traffic cops. But you and I both know that's not going to do much good. So, you're left with either installing sound-proof windows, or moving.

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