A few years after its loud pipes laws failed to achieve any real change, Fredericton is at it again.
CBC reports New Brunswick’s capital city is once again planning to tackle street noise with a bylaw. City councillor John MacDermid is the man behind the the move, proposing council look into new rules to govern noisy vehicles. What noisy vehicles? “Trucks, bikes and hot rods,” says CBC.
As usual, the sensible reply is how the city will enforce it, and how to make the tickets stick. After all, that’s the usual reason these programs fall apart—either the courts find issue with the sound measuring techniques, or that the laws unfairly single out a particular group (motorcyclists).
Fredericton city council will have to work out enforcement, but at least it’s aimed at all vehicles, not motorcycles in particular. However, everyone on council voted to approve the motion, and while it’s late in 2019’s summer to achieve change, we may see Fredericton join the list of anti-loud-pipe cities for 2020. MacDermid says he’s had a constant stream of communication from residents upset about vehicle noise, and that problem isn’t going to go away over the winter.