Blainville fights sound of high performance car tests
Company offering paid test drives of high-end sports cars says it will fight possible injunction
Homeowners hoping for a tranquil retreat in Blainville north of Montreal say the peace is being shattered every weekend by the sound of racing high-performance sports cars on a Transport Canada test track nearby.
City officials have already issued $17,000 in fines to G1Tour since the company began renting the track on weekends in May.
It offers drivers the opportunity to test drive Lamborghinis, Ferraris and other high-end cars for fees ranging up to almost $1,000.00.
G1Tour rents the track from PGM Technologies, which manages the facility for Transport Canada.
Homeowners near the facility say the sound is a nuisance and city officials are now threatening to take legal action against G1Tour.
Danielle D’Aoust and Daniel Gallagher moved into the neighbourhood three years ago because they thought it would be quiet.
D’Aoust told Radio-Canada that they’re now thinking of selling what was supposed to be their dream home.
"The sound is there all the time… I didn’t buy in a quiet neighbourhood to experience this every weekend. It’s 9 to 5 each day and the sound is non-stop," she said.
G1Tour, however, says noise from its operations is below the legal limit of 55 decibels. A series of tests are now being performed to assess the noise level and a report will be sent to the city administrators.
Jean-Noël Lacroix, the track director for G1Tour, said the company has taken other measures to keep the noise down, including a reduction in its hours of operation and the installation of mufflers on all its cars.
Lacroix said it's impossible for the company to stop operations with 39,000 customers scheduled for test drives through October.
“We’ll have to fight this if the city wants to impose an injunction,” Lacroix said.
Other than the 55 decibel limit, city bylaws also prohibit any noise deemed “likely to disturb the peace or tranquility of a neighbourhood.”
City authorities did not respond to a request for an interview with CBC News.