Law set to muffle car stereos

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New legislation could be brought in to crack down on noise pollution from powerful car stereos.

Ministers are to consider whether to bring in laws to silence the growing number of "boom boys" who spend thousands of pounds on high-output stereo systems for their cars. A review group made up of civil servants is looking at the problem and will report to Baroness Hayman, the roads minister, in the autumn.

Several drivers have been prosecuted under various laws for playing loud music. But a spokeswoman for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, said the problem was there was no single motoring law to deal with the nuisance.

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