Loud pipes are causing problems again in another Canadian municipality; this time, it’s residents of the Regional District of Central Kootenay in BC who are asking cops to end the noise.
CBC is reporting 4,300 people have signed a petition for the RCMP and BC’s attorney general to do something about the noisy motorcycles that have been disrupting their local peace and quiet. The article quotes a local as saying “It’s just one after the other, after the other, just all summer long … They may think they go by and they’re the only one. They don’t realize that two minutes after them, there’s another group … it goes right into their houses, the noise.”
It’s an early start to the loud pipe season. Normally, we see a rash of complaints about noisy motorcycles in mid-spring, once riding season starts in earnest across Canada, although the issue seemed to go quiet in 2015 — no pun intended. The CBC story has the usual viewpoints: homeowners who are sick of the noise, and motorcyclists who claim loud pipe laws will disrupt their plans for group rides, and that they aren’t as intrusive as lawnmowers, etc. There’s also an audio clip for the story here, and the website has plenty of the usual squabbling in the comments section, between outraged homeowners and riders who claim their loud pipes are saving lives.