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Crackdown on loud pipes

Vancouver Police are cracking down on loud motorcycles.

The force is launching an initiative to crack down on noisy vehicles, specifically motorcycles with modified exhaust pipes and loud mufflers.

VPD acting Insp. Ken Eng told CTV police get multiple calls every day about noisy bikes. It's a perennial problem as bikers hit the road over the summer.

In B.C., motorcycle mufflers are restricted to an exhaust sound level of 91 decibels, but many aftermarket mufflers can reach up to 112 decibels. That’s louder than a typical rock concert, which is about 110 decibels.

Police say most complaints are coming from the downtown core, where the roar of noisy exhausts can echo between the city's highrises, and also in the West End, near beaches and on Robson Street.

“Our enforcement officers will be focusing on this ... because we get lots and lots and lots of complaints about noisy motorcycles,” said Eng.

The fine for unnecessary noise is $109 and three driver penalty points. Bikes can also be taken off the road and inspections ordered.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

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