Motorcyclists in Nanaimo, BC, are being hassled by the Man, and they don’t like it.
The town’s RCMP force recently announced a motorcycle inspection program; if they see you ride by, they can pull you over for a spot check. The Times-Colonist newspaper says police will be looking at helmet and license issues and – surprise, surprise – checking out your motorcycle’s exhaust system to see if your bike’s too noisy.
Now, area motorcyclists are pretty sour about the whole thing, and they should be. Police officers shouldn’t be singling out riders for traffic citations. The RCMP says the move comes as part of a safety campaign, but as the riders rightly point out, if the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by car driver inattention, wouldn’t the cagers be a more logical target for a crackdown?
Of course, safety is only one side of this program, though – the RCMP aren’t checking your exhaust to make sure it’s loud enough to prevent an accident. Instead, they’re probably enforcing the 91-decibel limit because an overabundance of obnoxiously loud machines has local residents up in arms.
Canadian motorcyclists need to watch this situation and take notice; with loud pipe bans in Alberta and New Brunswick, and now this inspection program in BC, it appears public opinion is turning against noisy motorcycles. Maybe it’s time to start policing ourselves – before the RCMP does it for us.