Stop the Noise
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(Residents of City of Hamilton and Surrounding Areas Only)
More and more vehicle exhausts are being modified in our communities to create more noise. This excessive noise is unlawful and should not be tolerated.
The excessive noise leads to health effects that have been documented world wide.
Our existing provincial laws don't work so more and more cities and towns are passing by-laws to restrict the level of noise. An excerpt of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act is below.
75. (1) Every motor vehicle or motor assisted bicycle shall be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise and excessive smoke, and no person shall use a muffler cut-out, straight exhaust, gutted muffler, hollywood muffler, by-pass or similar device upon a motor vehicle or motor assisted bicycle. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 75 (1).
This law is ineffective because once in court how does one decide whether it is too loud? The police officer says it's too loud, the owner says it's not?
However many cities and towns are now passing by-laws that use a test from the Society of Automotive Engineers - SAE J2825 - as a guideline to measure the level of noise coming from the exhaust.
Oakville, Caledon and Guelph have just passed these by-laws for infractions. Police are able to enforce these bylaws with the assistance of bylaw officers who have access to sound meters or by themselves if so equipped.
It is important to note that other vehicles also have modified exhaust systems such as cars and trucks that create excessive noise, however the larger percentage of excessive noise comes from modified motorcycles.
An SAE standard noise test for cars and trucks is being developed.
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