A few days back, we told you Edmonton seemed to be gearing up for Round 5 in its battle against loud pipes. Now, we’ve got an idea of what the city’s strategy is.
According to the National Post, the city is indeed planning to go ahead with automated noise ticketing installations—in other words, the “noise cameras” that failed to achieve their desired effect last summer. But Edmonton won’t just rely on the cameras to hand out tickets; the city also plans to have a peace officer manning the stations, to satisfy provincial ticketing regulations.
The automated equipment is designed to single out motorists (including cars and trucks) who are putting out more than 85 dB of noise, and then issue them a $250 ticket, says the Post.
In case you’re wondering why Edmonton gets so hot and bothered about motorcycle noise every year, it seems a lot of the impetus for the crackdown comes from city councillor Scott McKeen, who rides a Vespa. Despite his two-wheeled interests, McKeen says if the current actions don’t have the desired effect, the city’s leaders may have to look at banning motorcycles from the city core.