In June, we told you that Kelowna was considering a bylaw to fight motorcycle noise, and we weren’t making it up; city council is set to examine the law today.
According to Castanet.net, the bylaw will set a noise limit of 92db for motorcycles at idle, and 96db for bikes at speed. The fines for breaking the law are going to be pretty hefty as well – $500 for Bylaw Offence Notices, and $1,000 for Municipal Ticket Information. We have no idea what that means, but if you’ve got a loud bike in Kelowna, we’re sure that you’ll find out soon enough.
The town’s RCMP detachment will enforce the bylaw, but they don’t have the equipment to do so yet – they’ve got to buy sound meters, and at $2,300 apiece, you can bet they’re going to have to write some tickets to pay for them. The purchases are already budgeted, but officers will still need to be trained to use the equipment as well. The bylaw wouldn’t come into effect until all of this happens.
At least in Kelowna, the city government isn’t just picking on motorcycles. City council is also planning to restrict motorboat sound levels, to 85db, and car stereos will be limited to 90db.