De-regulate Fireworks Law

The law on fireworks seems unnecessarily restrictive and should be relaxed.  Fireworks should be able to be sold year around and restrictions on things like loudness removed.

Why is this idea important?

The law on fireworks seems unnecessarily restrictive and should be relaxed.  Fireworks should be able to be sold year around and restrictions on things like loudness removed.

Change the current law on fireworks

Fireworks should only be able to be used by the general public on November 5th and 31st December.  The noise is deeply distressing to some people and animals, both agricultural and household pets.  The distress caused to these animals sometimes results in fatal injury, and in my opinion if distress is caused to animals, then there is a criminal offence under the animal welfare law.

Why is this idea important?

Fireworks should only be able to be used by the general public on November 5th and 31st December.  The noise is deeply distressing to some people and animals, both agricultural and household pets.  The distress caused to these animals sometimes results in fatal injury, and in my opinion if distress is caused to animals, then there is a criminal offence under the animal welfare law.

Impose a 100% ‘environmental’ tax on all fireworks sold

A two-fold proposal to regulate / restrict and tax the sale of fireworks to the public.

Firstly, limit even further the periods that they are available for sale – two days only around the New Year, and ONE week only prior to November 5th. There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for fireworks to be on sale around the Christmas holiday. The festive season should be traditionally a time of peace and goodwill, not shattered by the sound of irresponsible householders having firework parties! You'd think they couldn't wait for just another 7 days before they can indulge all they like.

Secondly, what with the government ever eager to slap taxes on essentials such as fuel/petrol, clothing, alcohol, cigarettes and the rest, and with the imminent rise in VAT on the horizon, why not consider levying a big **environmental** tax on fireworks to atone for the amount of noise and air pollution that is caused each time millions of them are set off over the Guy Fawkes and New Year festivities? Surely this is common sense? The government and local authorities seem so keen to clamp down on excessive noise pollution and anti-social behaviour in neighbourhoods, and yet they contradict themselves by allowing the relentless noise/air pollution brought on by masses of fireworks to continue unabated.

This is NOT a killjoy legislation – merely a common sense one implemented to give the majority of responsible firework users some peace of mind.

Therefore, the only way to control the problem of firework nuisance is through

Why is this idea important?

A two-fold proposal to regulate / restrict and tax the sale of fireworks to the public.

Firstly, limit even further the periods that they are available for sale – two days only around the New Year, and ONE week only prior to November 5th. There is absolutely no justification whatsoever for fireworks to be on sale around the Christmas holiday. The festive season should be traditionally a time of peace and goodwill, not shattered by the sound of irresponsible householders having firework parties! You'd think they couldn't wait for just another 7 days before they can indulge all they like.

Secondly, what with the government ever eager to slap taxes on essentials such as fuel/petrol, clothing, alcohol, cigarettes and the rest, and with the imminent rise in VAT on the horizon, why not consider levying a big **environmental** tax on fireworks to atone for the amount of noise and air pollution that is caused each time millions of them are set off over the Guy Fawkes and New Year festivities? Surely this is common sense? The government and local authorities seem so keen to clamp down on excessive noise pollution and anti-social behaviour in neighbourhoods, and yet they contradict themselves by allowing the relentless noise/air pollution brought on by masses of fireworks to continue unabated.

This is NOT a killjoy legislation – merely a common sense one implemented to give the majority of responsible firework users some peace of mind.

Therefore, the only way to control the problem of firework nuisance is through