Just ahead of our annual collection of stories regarding Canadian municipal crackdowns on motorcycle noise, we’ve seen German authorities already starting this process over in the EU. This time, they’ve come up with some especially draconian suggestions to fight loud pipes.
The root problem is the same we’ve always seen when the issue comes up in Canada: motorcycles, usually with modified exhausts, are making a racket and disturbing the peace and quiet of the average local citizen. It’s almost always an urban issue, and cities have tried everything from stepping up police response to noise cameras (like speed cameras, but with microphones) to outright banning of bikes.
None of it’s worked, except the banning—the same municipalities are often back at the drawing board, year after year to deal with the issue, as riders figure out how to beat the noise tickets in court.
It seems the Germans have noticed that, which is why Visordown reports one of the suggestions over in Europe is to implement a partial motorcycle ban. Along with the other usual suggestions that tend to result in thrown-out tickets, the Germans are looking at banning motorcycles from certain areas on weekends and holidays. They’re also looking at not just a ban on aftermarket exhausts, but even a forced re-tune of factory pipes to lower noise output.
Will it happen? Who knows, and from most Canadians’ perspective, who cares? Here’s why you should care, though: it’s just one more example of the lengths that officials are willing to go to, to fight loud pipes. Let’s hope Canadian authorities don’t get any ideas from this initiative.