Spring has sprung, and the war between Canadian municipalities and motorcycles with loud pipes is getting underway once again.
This time, it’s the city of Edmonton once again planning to do battle with lovers of noisy motorcycles. The Albertan city has seen hit-and-miss results in their ongoing attempt to cut down on the rack from open exhausts. They tried to institute a crackdown in 2013, and most of the tickets were overturned in court. No matter! In 2014, the city’s leaders threatened to increase fines. Yet the loud pipes crowd hasn’t given up; they’re still out there, saving lives, but Edmonton is planning to try to stop them once again.
According to the Edmonton Sun, police are once again talking about action against loud motorcycles, as soon as they hit the streets this season. Police told the Sun part of the plan was to get traffic officers into local neighbourhoods, letting them more effectively combat noise issues. One offense nets you a $250 fine, a second ticket gets you a $500 fine, and a third earns you a court appearance. According to the Sun, “Three-or four-cylinder bikes revved to 5,000 revolutions per minute (rpm) must be quieter than 100 decibels. Other bikes must be quieter than 96 decibels while operating at 2,000 rpm.”