Fresh on the heels of Edmonton’s renewed war on loud pipes, the city of Red Deer appears to be preparing for its own summer crackdown.
According to the Red Deer Advocate, the town’s RCMP have been warning motorists of a $155 fine for excessive vehicle noise. In a follow-up piece, Const. Derek Turner of the town’s RCMP detachment warned not only of tickets, but of more tickets, if the motorist modifies their exhaust and doesn’t convert it back. Turner says the RCMP check up on these tickets, to see if the owners have followed regulations and made their vehicle conform to noise laws. If not, Turner says RCMP can issue a $233 ticket, which also brings with it four demerit points for your licence.
How serious is this for motorcyclists? Local riders are trying to make their voices heard (no pun intended!), saying it’s not just bikers that are creating all the vehicle noise. However, motorcycles are consistently singled out as a problem, even on Red Deer’s city services website. For a long time, Quebec was the biggest battleground between loud pipe enthusiasts and angry politicians, but it seems that may shift towards Alberta in the near future.