Quickly escalating hostilities in the city of St. Johns, Newfoundland, have led to a government crackdown on loud pipes.
Last week, we mentioned a public meeting at city hall in St. Johns, where residents of the Signal Hill neighbourhood gathered to complain about loud pipes in their part of town. A few local riders responded by convening on the neighbourhood to rev their exhausts, beep their horns, and generally make themselves unpleasant and unpopular.
So, this week, we have a statement from the DMV and Royal Newfoundland Constabulary: Come fall, they’re going to ask MLAs to increase fines for motorcyclists with modified exhausts. They’re hoping to see fines rise to $20 to $100 for first-time offenders, CBC reports, and $90 to $170 for repeat offenders.
What’s unclear is whether this law will only affect riders with loud motorcycles, or anybody on a bike with an aftermarket exhaust, regardless of its noise output. The first scenario is probably inevitable; the second scenario would certainly be a kick in the pants for many riders, as aftermarket exhausts are one of the most popular accessories for many riders.