Alberta’s war on motorcycle noise is heating up, with the latest battleground taking shape in Rocky View County.
Last year, Edmonton made headlines by cracking down on loud pipes. They recently lost a high-profile court case over one of the noise tickets when a judge ruled their tests too unreliable to make the charges stick.â€¨â€¨
But, that loss hasn’t deterred Albertans in their desire for peace and quiet; instead, there’s news now that Rocky View County is looking into their own noise laws, after a survey showed residents are fed up with noisy bikes and trucks.
The Calgary Herald says county officials have a proposed bylaw to be reviewed by a public committee next week; if they approve it, the bylaw will need three council readings to pass. A county official says they already have the necessary testing equipment to enforce the law, should it pass. â€¨â€¨And what about Edmonton?
Instead of rolling over in defeat after their loss in court, the oil capital of Canada is ramping up its fight on motorcycle noise. The Metro newspaper says town council received a report this week saying residents found the war on noise effective, despite the court loss.
So, police in Edmonton are going to work even harder on the issue this summer. Instead of ticketing bikes at roadblocks as they did last summer, they’ll actively search out offenders on the streets. Officials are hoping this will quieten down loud neighbourhoods like Whyte Ave. – and we bet that extra ticket revenue will probably come in handy, too.