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.