Toronto launching education and enforcement campaigns to crack down on noisy vehicles
The City of Toronto said Thursday that it is trying to do more to reduce excessive noise from speeding vehicles and loud motorcycles.
Vehicles with deafeningly loud engines can regularly be heard roaring down the streets of Toronto, often late into the night as thousands of people within earshot are trying to sleep.
“The city continues to receive complaints regarding excessive noise from vehicles and motorcycles, which is often a result of speeding,” the city said in its release.
City bylaws specify that the noise from a motorcycle exhaust when idle should not exceed 92 decibels.
But while the noise bylaw prohibits unnecessary noise, bylaw enforcement officers don’t have the authority to pull over moving vehicles.
“This specific authority is granted to Toronto Police under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act (HTA), who also have jurisdiction over speeding,” the city explained.
To crack down on noisy vehicles, Toronto Police and bylaw enforcement officers will be conducting joint enforcement events throughout the summer.
The “strategic locations” for the enforcement campaign will be chosen based on complaints received by 311 and in-field …
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