As mentioned above, I recently wrote to the EPA complaining about noise pollution:
"One of the problems that foreigners face on a daily basis in Taipei is the dreadful noise pollution. According to a poll conducted by tealit.com, noise pollution is the main reason why foreigners leave Taiwan. Something must be done about this. Your proposed law regulating construction/drilling work between 6pm and 8am simply doesn’t go far enough. Most people begin work at 9am and finish at 5:30pm, so they may be at home at this time. But this is not really the problem. It’s more about attitudes. Recently work was done on my neighbours apartment, but no one came to inform me that work would be beginning and ongoing for 3 months! If people were to talk to one another here - and they don’t - then these problems may be avoided by for example scheduling work when the ‘victim’ is out. Also why not limit the noise to a certain volume? If the noise exceeds this volume, then the person causing the noise should be HEAVILY fined. Finally, I’d like to say that construction work is not the only form of noise pollution that has to be addressed. What about barking dogs that bark late into the night because indifferent owners don’t care about them? What about old and dangerous generators that buzz and hum all day? What about cars and motorbikes that cause both noise and air pollution because they haven’t been checked by a garage for roadworthiness? What about noisy funeral parades and karaoke parlours that belch out noise 24 hours a day? All these things need to be tackled if Taiwan is to move into the 21st century. Taiwan could be a much better place if the noise was eliminated. Until this is done, foriegners will keep leaving and western tourists will select other quieter alternatives in the region. Wake up Taiwan!
And here is their reply:
“First of all , thanks for giving us your suggestion. As we know that Taiwan is the most density country all over the world. That’s why populace living so crowded,especilly in urban areas. Because of this circumstance,noise problem being wrose. In order to solve this problem and alleviate the raise of noise complaint cases year by year, we implemented several measures for noise control.For noise sources, the measures are intended to control the noise from emission sources, such as tighten the noise limit of new vehicles models, added the low frequency noise standard and revised the overall noise standard for entertainment and business premises, factories, and construction projects within these years. But there is still something we need to do more effort, just like you said “attitudes”. We need to educate people to think more before they do anything. We think most of Taiwan’s people are friendly. We will do our best to let our country become more friendly and quieter. Best regard EPA.”
It was nice to have the email acknowledged and great to know that some people here do actually care about changing ignorant attitudes. If you have any complaints, please bombard the EPA with them.