Toronto motorcyclists with loud pipes have a new enemy: Mayor John Tory says he’s siccing the cops onto them this summer, and bylaw officers will join them in the fall.
“I think people who live in the city understand that it’s not going to be Algonquin Park and it’s not going to be silent at all times,” said Tory in a press announcement Monday evening.
“But the thing they have no understanding and no patience for, and I tend to agree with them, is noise that is caused by vehicles — especially people who are deliberately revving their engines and otherwise modifying their equipment to create an excessive level of noise that is disrupting the lives of people who are living in the city.”
Over the next week, Toronto police will be conducting a blitz to stop loud bikes, and will fine the riders if their noise is found to be over the legal limit. They’ll carry on through the summer with additional spot checks. Drivers can be charged for having an improper muffler or for making unnecessary noise, or both, with each offence carrying a possible $110 fine.
The blitz is not just focused on motorcycles, but on all vehicles that make excessive noise, including cars and trucks with open mufflers and even with overly loud music blasting from sound systems.
In October, Tory said a new bylaw will allow bylaw officers to ticket stationary vehicles making too much noise, but it will still be the responsibility of police to stop moving vehicles considered in violation.