According to the CBC, the city of Bathurst is reconsidering its bylaw restricting motorcycles with noisy exhausts.
Three years ago, Bathurst was just one of several Canadian cities that decided it was time to strike back against loud pipes, bringing in a bylaw that allowed officers to ticket motorcyclists with exhausts louder than 92 db. At the time, bikers complained, saying they were being discriminated against, and that anger hasn’t gone away.
Last winter, some local riders tried to organize a boycott of the MMIC’s motorcycle show in Moncton, since the MMIC helped develop the exhaust noise testing procedure. And, since Bathurst’s loud pipe law came into place, the CBC’s story says local businesses in the New Brunswick city have complained about that tourism spending has dropped off.
According to the CBC’s story, the president of the Greater Bathurst Chamber of Commerce says some local establishments have seen a 25 per cent drop in business since the law came into place in 2011, as two-wheeled tourists shun the area.
Local motorcyclists are outraged the bylaw singles them out, the story says.
The city council voted 6-2 to drop the bylaw, but there are still two readings left.
Since Canadian municipalities jumped on board the loud pipe ban bandwagon a few years ago, they’ve met with only limited success, as some have found the laws very difficult to enforce in court.