That this House notes with concern the large number of non-essential helicopter flights over London causing unacceptable levels of noise pollution to large numbers of residents in urban areas; further notes that lack of regulation in this field means that there is no limit on night-time flying and that sufficient safety precautions are not in place for the landing sites; further notes that there is no formal way to monitor whether helicopters have complied with basic flight regulations and guidelines; believes that, given motorists incur additional costs when travelling in congested areas like London, it is inappropriate for helicopter users to pay no additional charges beyond a reduced level of fuel excise duty; and calls on the Government to introduce regulation, similar to that introduced in other major international cities, to reduce the levels of helicopter noise pollution in urban areas, which ensures all helicopter flights are registered with a central agency, incentivises helicopter manufacturers to reduce noise pollution in newer models, bans night-time flights, and disincentivises the use of private helicopters in urban areas.
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