Thursday, August 21, 2014
Toronto Councillor wants to target motorcycle noise
Wong-Tam is asking council next week to direct licensing staff to report back in the new term on options to improve the rules, and manage and enforce the current rules around noise.
“I’m hearing from residents and we are also responding to collective information that was coming in,” Wong-Tam told the Toronto Sun. “Largely what we are now uncovering is that it is very popular for people to remove what is called a baffle … the baffle creates this back pressure that keeps the noise contained.
“We have some neighbourhoods, such as Yorkville, where the baffles seem to have been removed on the majority of the motorcycles.”
Wong-Tam’s motion points out other municipal jurisdictions, including Calgary and Saskatoon, regulate excessive motorcycle noise.
“When these bikes are ripping down the road … and it is like 4 o’clock in the morning, this is when we get the complaints,” Wong-Tam said.
While she admits part of living in the city includes having to live with a lot of noise, she said it is not reasonable to ask people to deal with noise from vehicles that have been deliberately modified.
“When the sole purpose is to ensure that your motorcycle makes more noise, this is a problem,” she said.
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