For the first month, warning notices will be issued
Starting on Wednesday, June 20, drivers of noisy vehicles could be trapped by the noise snare device. Anyone with a vehicle that emits noise that measures over 96 decibels will get a warning.
Police are warning motorist that next month they start handing out tickets for $200.
The noise snare will be deployed in an unmarked vehicle and will be in communities based on noise complaints.
“We’re pleased to have this tool to educate Calgarians and enforce the excessive noise vehicle provision of the Calgary Traffic Bylaw,” said Bill Bruce, Director of Animal & Bylaw Services. “The limit is 96 decibels and there is no reason a well-maintained, street legal vehicle should register that loud or higher.”
Council approved the addition of the excessive noise provision to Calgary’s Traffic Bylaw last year. The owner of any vehicle emitting noise that measures over 96 decibels will be subject to a $200 fine once the one month warning period expires. This fine is consistent with other noise violations.
During two open houses this spring, 469 motorists tested their vehicles against the Noise Snare. 219, or 47 per cent, registered 96 decibels or more on their first pass by the device. The loudest vehicle tested was a motorcycle that measured 122 decibels, which is loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss if sustained for a minute or longer.
Alderman John Mar who represents Ward 8 spearheaded the addition of the excessive vehicle noise provision to the Traffic Bylaw.
“The Noise Snare gives us another tool for authorities to utilise in enforcing our existing Bylaw and provides definitive proof of violations,” said Mar. “And the fact it can be easily transported to areas of complaint is a huge benefit. I’m very excited about this.”
For the first month of deployment, warning notices will be issued by Bylaw officers. After the warning period has ended, violation tickets will be personally served to the registered owner of the offending vehicle. Violators will not be pulled over at the time of the offence.