Another Canadian city has announced an impending crackdown on loud pipes. This time, the Vancouver police department says they’re going to tackle the issue.
As our archives show, Canadian municipalities are increasingly growing tired of raucous motorcycles. Despite the alleged life-saving properties of loud pipes, there are more cities taking up the fight against noisy bikes every year.
Vancouver is the latest city that’s fed up. Yesterday, the city’s police force announced a summer-long campaign against loud vehicles, with tickets coming towards motorcycles and cars that don’t meet noise standards. According to the VPD spokesthingie, “The sound of unreasonably and unnecessarily loud motorcycle and car exhaust has the tendency to disturb the peace, enjoyment and the quality of life of those who live, work and visit Vancouver. There is no question that for some residents, such as those living in the downtown core, the debilitating sounds from these vehicles can significantly affect the enjoyment of their property.” At least officers won’t be singling out bikes, but are going after all vehicular offenders.
What will a conviction cost you? According to the VPD’s press release, “In the Province of British Columbia, unnecessary noise from a vehicle’s engine, tires, brakes, or exhaust may result in a violation ticket for $109 plus 3 points.” In other words, you get points off your licence for having loud pipes, which is perhaps an even more harsh punishment than any fine, as repeated convictions could mean you have to park your ride. At least that’s an effective way of stopping the problem?
In case you wondered, here’s what BC’s Motor Vehicle Act has to say about mufflers:
7.03 (1) A motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine shall be equipped with an exhaust muffler consisting of a series of pipes or chambers which ensures that the exhaust gases from the engine are cooled and expelled without excessive noise.
(2) No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine when the muffler with which the vehicle is equipped is cut out or disconnected from the engine.
Part removal prohibited
(3) No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine equipped with a muffler from which has been removed any baffle plate or other part.
(4) No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine equipped with a muffler the exhaust outlet of which has been opened or widened.
Noise increase or flames prohibited
(5) No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle propelled by an internal combustion engine equipped with a muffler or exhaust system to which is attached any device which increases the noise of the expulsion of the gases from the engine or allows a flame to be emitted from the exhaust system.