Noise Petition – BCCOM’s letter to the Transportation Minister


Honourable Minister Todd Stone,

It has been brought to our attention that there is a petition from the Slocan Valley being presented regarding excessive noise from motorcycles in their area. There have been calls to our office expressing concern that the current allowable noise levels would be changed. While we realize noise pollution is a very real issue targeting one group as the root of the problem seems unfair. We have read the letter for petition, as attached, and agree that the regulations set in place should remain as written. We feel that the solution lies in increased enforcement of said regulations and fully support it. We recommend and support that police officers be trained and certified in the use of approved noise level measuring equipment rather than depending on their “ear” at the side of the road. This would reduce the issue of questionable noise infractions and the desire to challenge them in court.

“A Petition to Enforce the Existing Law Regarding the Use and Modification of Motorcycles”

To the Honourable Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, in Legislature Assembled:

The petition of the undersigned citizens of the Kootenays requests that the BC government enforce Regulations 7.03 and 22 of the Motor Vehicle Act to bring an end to illegal levels of noise pollution and excessive speed by motorcycles. The Kootenays, with their scenic and winding highways, are attracting large numbers of motorcyclists, some of whom ride quietly, while others break the law by speeding and modifying their exhaust pipes. An example is highway 31A between New Denver and Kaslo, which magazine articles have promoted for the thrill of its curves, bringing high numbers of motorcyclists who often travel in groups. Due to this unnaturally heavy motorcycle traffic, violations are frequent and cause nerve-shattering levels of noise that degrade the quality of our community for residents and tourists who value quiet. Your petitioners respectfully request that the Honourable House provide strict enforcement of speed limits and muffler regulations. We also request adjustment of speed limits around communities to avoid noisy acceleration close to residences.

Thank you
Ernie Dau
Executive Director
BC Coalition of Motorcyclists