It’s springtime in Canada, and that means we’re about to hear the war over loud pipes start up again (no pun intended).
This, the opening shots will be fired in Edmonton, where the CBC reports city councillors are looking at new technology for ticketing loud vehicles, including loud motorcycles.
As always, the move is a reaction by city politicians to a pile of complaints from frustrated citizens. They’re unhappy that police aren’t shutting down noisy vehicles, so now some are proposing a new solution: a photo-ticketing device that hands out citations for loud pipes, just like photo radar does for speeders. The testing was approved by Edmonton’s community and public service committee, and the devices will be on the city’s streets this summer. Supposedly, this will solve the issue of police not having time or interest to deal with noise complaints.
Along with the new photo devices, the committee is also looking at introducing more laws to fight vehicle noise. Predictably, loud pipes enthusiasts are already fighting back, saying they need noisy exhausts for safety purposes. Stay tuned, because this is just the first battleground for the 2018 riding season, and you know we’ll hear more from Edmonton and other cities as the year goes on.