More New Brunswick cities may be cracking down on loud motorcycle pipes in the near future.
Bathurst, New Brunswick, recently joined Nanaimo, BC, and Edmonton, Alberta,in their stand against motorcycle noise, and now a high-ranking traffic officer in Saint John’s municipal police force and a Fredericton city councillor want to help draft bylaws against loud bikes for their cities.
CBC News reports that Saint John’s Sgt. Jeff LaFrance wants to examine Bathurst’s bylaw and use it as a guide for cracking down on noisy bikes in his own city. He says loud bikes have been a problem in the city for three or four years now.
City police aren’t the only ones in favour of new noise bylaws. Saint Johners unhappy with the local sound levels have started a Facebook group titled Noise-Free Saint John, with the intention of reducing noise pollution in the city. They’re aiming at loud trucks, cars, and industrial activity as well, but noisy bikes are squarely in their sights.
In Fredericton, city councillor Stephen Chase is also pushing city leaders to crack down on loud motorcycles. Global News reports Fredericton city council has passed a resolution of support to the idea, and Chase also claims the Union of New Brunswick Municipalities is on board with the idea. If that’s true, then noise bans could soon be sweeping across the province.
Saint John’s LaFrance says he would like to see the new bylaw in place for this summer, but doesn’t figure city council has enough time to do so. It’s also questionable if the city would get the co-operation needed from the provincial government in time to implement the law this season . CBC says Bathurst is still waiting to put their new bylaw in action – they need changes to the province’s Motor Vehicle Act before they can do so.