Engines continue to roar in Kelowna

Don't expect an immediate reprieve from the sound of motorcycle and boat engines.

Don’t expect an immediate reprieve from the roar of motorcycle and boat engines.

Const. Kris Clark said a bylaw council introduced last year to dampen noise pollution was put on hold, and therefore won’t be enforced by Kelowna Mounties.

“Supt. Bill McKinnon has been in talks with the provincial government over proposed legislation regarding the same issue,” said Clark, adding they’re waiting on action from that branch of government before they move forward.

“A bylaw currently exists to deal with noisy boats/music, etc., which we will continue to enforce as we do now.”

Clark pointed out the Motor Vehicle Act also allows for some enforcement in regard to unnecessary noise coming from engines, exhaust and brake systems.

It’s the same bundle of regulations, however, that McKinnon said was ineffective at a June city council meeting.

To give the police a better ability to curtail frustrating noise makers, he asked for a bylaw similar to the one in Edmonton.

It would have allowed police to give hefty tickets to anyone whose vehicle was producing 92 decibels of sound while idling. When driving, the maximum acceptable noise would be 96 decibels.

It made it past the first three readings, but implementation would have required  investment in decibel readers and training, and Kelowna city clerk Stephen Fleming said council told police to hold off on any big buys until some conditions were met, such as a citywide educational campaign.

In the lead up, however, the provincial government got involved and that offered a preferred route forward.

“One of the challenges of the bylaw, is it would have been patchwork enforcement dependant on the jurisdiction,” said Fleming. “You’d be legal in one area then you’d drive past a municipal boundary, and then you’re not.”

No deadline on the province’s potential regulations have been put forth.

Just Posted

Valley Road closed 24-7, for now

Kelowna road closure extended due to safety concerns to build creek retaining wall

Accused killer’s fate in the hands of Kelowna jury

The jury is expected to start deliberating this afternoon

Silver Creek RCMP search expands north

RCMP were seen collecting evidence three kilometres north of the farm where human remains were found

Above and beyond for the United Way

Local company keeps on raising money for the United Way of the Central Okanagan

Have your say on downtown parking in Kelowna

Open house scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Rally condemns violence, promotes healing

Discovery of human remains and disappearances of women have created tension in the rural community

Justice to decide court’s jurisdiction over Indigenous man

Alex Louie, also known as Senklip, is standing trial over 9 charges related to alleged gun smuggling

Province grants $784,000 for Okanagan projects

Rural Dividend grants support Okanagan community projects

B.C. NDP convention set for Victoria

Premier, federal leader Jagmeet Singh to add energy

B.C. school trustee calls LGBTQ school program ‘weapon of propaganda’

Chilliwack’s Barry Neufeld published the comments on his Facebook page

B.C. couple hope boat drone becomes first to cross Atlantic

Colin and Julie Angus of Victoria to have drone collect environmental data en route

Driver trapped for 16 hours after car flips

Member of Anarchist Mountain Volunteer Fire Department in Osoyoos made discovery while out for walk

Penticton pilots new mobile parking payment app

Eliminating the need to carry change for parking meters

Most Read