Target noise, not motorcycles — that’s the word from
Saskatoon city council.
The city government decided this week that a bylaw that
would specifically go after loud motorcycles is not right for the city. The
mayor and city councilors sent back a report on the bylaw to the city
solicitor, asking for a way to make a noise law fair to everyone.
The council wants any noise law to be effective against all
vehicles. They said cars with loud stereos and trucks with engine retarder
brakes can be just as loud as motorcycles with custom exhaust pipes. Even
chainsaws and other small devices can be very loud, they said.
But there are no federal standards governing car and truck
sound systems or exhaust noises, so the city would have to decide what the
decibel limits should be for all vehicles before enacting a bylaw.
One councilor, Pat Lorje, said the whole bylaw issue should
be scrapped, rather than reconsidered. Fewer laws is better, she said.