Police want new legislation to ban or limit the sale of devices which defeat a vehicle's muffler system. ((CBC))

Police in Regina say the provincial government should ban or limit the sale of devices that generate unwanted noise on the exhaust systems of motorcycles and cars, according to a report released Wednesday.

The report, which was considered by members of Regina's board of police commissioners, noted that any device installed on a vehicle's muffler that defeats noise-reduction is already illegal.

"After-market vehicle modifications ... become illegal when they fail to reduce combustion noise," the report, submitted by police chief Troy Hagen, said.

However, Hagen also noted that existing legislation is difficult to enforce. He said that in 2004 police initiated an "aggressive exhaust testing program" that identified noisy vehicles and directed owners to have the machine's exhaust system tested.


Pat Fiacco, the mayor of Regina, says controlling noise from motorcycles and car exhausts is difficult. ((CBC))

The enforcement effort was abandoned, he said, because "it is not practical for an inspection facility to determine if an after-market muffler meets ... vehicle noise emission standards."

Since then, police say the only tickets they issue are for noisy stereo systems or vehicles with no mufflers at all.

"Those are pretty easy to tell," Sgt. Dwight Kosolofski, from the police traffic unit, told CBC News Wednesday. "We can issue tickets for that. We have issued tickets for that and will continue to issue tickets for that."

Regina Mayor Pat Fiacco, who chairs the board of police commissioners, said more stringent enforcement remains a challenge.

"It's difficult ... to enforce any type of law," Fiacco told reporters Wednesday. "Because of the issue of the noise decibels being thrown out of court as dismissible evidence."

The board accepted the police recommendation to lobby the province for new legislation to restrict or ban the sale of devices that fail to reduce combustion noise.

People in the business wonder if that is a practical solution.

"I'm not sure how they would tell factory-exhaust from after-market-exhaust or how they would ban from selling that type of equipment," Al Elmer, from Thunder City Cycle in Regina, said. "I don't know how it would work. But I would think there's better ways to put our money to use."

Elmer said police should focus on individuals determined to create noise, instead of targeting an entire industry