MOTORCYCLE SAFETY CAMPAIGN
The Vancouver Police Traffic Section has launched a Motorcycle Safety Campaign, aimed at ensuring motorcycle safety and reducing noise. Hundreds of complaints have been made by Vancouver citizens fed up with noisy motorcycles.
The issue is generally modified and after-market mufflers that are intended for racing and not for street use and that are not approved by the Department of Transportation.
Typically, the sound of motorcycles idling is 82 decibels. Officers routinely ticket riders for 105 to 112 decibels and have found some as high as 120. Comparatively, a lawnmower would be 90 decibels, a jackhammer 130 decibels and a jet engine taking off would be 140 decibels. It only takes 85 decibels for noise to damage hearing.
The campaign will be throughout the city, but predominantly in the downtown core and the West End, as the majority of complaints are received in these areas. It begins August 3 and runs until August 7, but enforcement will continue throughout the summer.
Have already been contacted by media etc. as well as several people who have already received tickets today.
Adele Tompkins BCCOM