Fall update on loud vehicle enforcement in White Rock
2020-11-02 09:52 PST
In direct response to the community’s concern with noisy vehicles, the White Rock RCMP has issued 45 drivers with violation tickets and/or inspection orders in the last six months for loud vehicles.
The legal limit in the provincial Motor Vehicle Act Regulations is 83 dB for cars and 91 dB for motorcycles. Some owners are spending hundreds of dollars to modify their exhaust systems to make them loud, which is resulting in an inspection order and further costs of removing the modification. Failure to get the inspection within the prescribed time prohibits insurance renewal and can net a $598 fine if driven.
Some observations during enforcement:
- Although you can legally buy a loud muffler, this does not mean it is legal to use on public roads.
- If an auto dealership sells you a vehicle with a loud muffler, it can still be illegal to operate.
- The inner joy or sense of expression by some loud vehicle owners is not shared by many, and generally creates the emotions of anger or annoyance.
We have had motorcycles and vehicles hit 110 decibels, which is in the sound range of a turbo-fan aircraft taking off or a live rock concert. Noisy vehicles seem to be an issue throughout the region, however we would like to emphasize that if you come to White Rock in a loud vehicle or motorcycle, there is a good chance you may leave with an inspection order. Our enforcement will continue into the winter season.
For more information of decibel levels, click here:
Cst. Chantal SearsMedia Relation Officer
White Rock RCMP
15299 Pacific Ave. White Rock BC V4B 1R1
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