City to look at increasing fines for loud motorcycles
The city is looking at increasing fines levied under the the motorcycle noise bylaw.
The bylaw allows police to issue $250 tickets for people whose motorcycles are louder than 92 decibels while idling and 96 decibels while the engines are revving.
People who appeared in front of council's community services meeting on Monday say noise continues to be a problem. Doug Hube lives in an apartment that looks out over the High Level Bridge.
“Last year when my wife and I were sitting side by side on our 9th floor balcony, when a motorcycle took off across the bridge, we could not hear one another speaking," he said.
Coun. Michael Oshry — a motorcycle owner who says he has never been pulled over — asked administration to look at a possible fine increase to make the bylaw more of a deterrent.
“I think administration should come back to us with an appropriate number,” he said. “My gut feeling is it could be a little bit higher.”
However, the bylaw has been controversial since it was put in place because motorcycle riders believe they are being unfairly targeted.
The city has no bylaws in place for people with loud car and truck engines because police say they're still waiting for reliable noise-testing technology.
Councillors were told on Monday that 338 tickets have been issued since the bylaw came into effect on July 1,2010.
Of the 338 tickets under the bylaw, 108 were paid, 151 were challenged in court and 79 are still active or outstanding. Eighty-six of the tickets challenged in court were quashed, withdrawn or dismissed.