Attention-seeking bikers with straight pipes will pay the piper this summer, say Fredericton police.
A news story in the Daily Gleaner says cops in the east coast city will target the most severe cases of motorcycle noise, even though they have no objective test, such as a decibel meter, for the job.
Police Chief Barry MacKnight promised more aggressive enforcement of noise regulations, which are essentially muffler regulations, and will hand out fines worth $172.50 for riders using unmuffled exhaust systems. He said only a few riders are doing this.
He admitted that the Motor Vehicle Act in New Brunswick makes applying the law difficult, as it only stipulates that exhaust systems must work to reduce noise, but he hopes for changes in the law.
Local politicians say the noisy bikers are seeking attention by revving their motorcycles unnecessarily. However, responses to the noise story suggest that the police might be better off targeting small cars with giant stereos than the few bikers who seem to feel that everyone loves the sound of an unmuffled motorcycle.