Rejected petition Ban the sale of all but silent fireworks to the public.

Loud fireworks causes trauma for many people who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Phono-phobia, PTSD and anxiety etc, as well as countless pets and broader wildlife we live alongside.

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According to the RSPCA 64% of dog, 54% of cats and 53% of horses shows signs of distress due to loud fireworks.

According to the National Autistic Society, there 700,000 people who suffer from Autism, many of whom are sensitive are sensitive to loud noises.

By banning the sale of loud fireworks to the general public, the effects of loud fireworks would be greatly reduced, and give those sufferers or pet owners the opportunity to prepare for loud fireworks at organised displays.
A complete ban on loud fireworks would be ideal, but this would be a start.

Why was this petition rejected?

It asks the Senedd to do something that it is not able to do.

The Government of Wales Act 2006 establishes the extent of the Senedd’s power to make new laws and amend existing law (also known as legislative competence). Schedules 7A and 7B of the 2006 Act set out the issues which are ‘restricted’ or ‘reserved’ - i.e. areas where the UK Parliament, not the Senedd, can legislate.

Several reservations limit the Senedd’s legislative competence in this area, including in relation to the ‘sale and supply of goods to consumers’ and ‘product standards, safety and liability’.

Specifically, “technical standards and requirements in relation to products in pursuance of an obligation under EU law” are reserved to the UK Parliament. Technical standards for pyrotechnics (including fireworks) are covered by EU Directive 2013/29/EU, which was transposed into UK law by the Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2015. These regulations set out the technical standards that pyrotechnic articles must meet in order to comply with EU law, including in relation to noise levels.

Countries that are subject to EU law are not able to “prohibit, restrict or hinder the making available on the market of pyrotechnic articles which satisfy the requirements of the Directive”. Therefore it is not possible for the Senedd to take the action called for by your petition.

This position may change after the UK-EU implementation period has ended (it is currently scheduled to end on 31 December 2020). However, it is not currently clear whether the Senedd would then be able to take more action on this issue.

A petition calling for an end to the sale of fireworks to the public is currently collecting signatures:

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