The Quebec government is going to look into the loud pipes issue.
Or is that, listen into the issue?
For the next three years, the Quebec government is running a pilot project where they’re going to be checking the noise levels of mopeds, scooters and motorcycles. According to their press release, they’ll be using sound level meters “provided by the SAAQ and used by peace officers who have received the required training.”
If any two-wheeler is over a sound level based on Transport Canada manufacturing standards, they’ll receive a ticket between $100 and $200. If the rider refuses to co-operate with a sound check, they can be fined $200-$300. Reportedly, the testing procedure will be done in French, the official language of the Quebec government.
Why the crackdown? According to the government, loud pipes can be a “source of distraction for road users and disturb the peace and tranquility of residents.” So, next time you see a loud-piped cruiser out saving lives, thank the rider for their service, but remind them noise comes at a price (apparently, between $100 and $200 in Quebec).