A Kelowna city councillor wants the province to step in and curtail excessive noise from modified motorcycle and speedboat exhausts.
Luke Stack asked for, and received, support from his fellow councillors Monday to send a motion to the upcoming meeting of the Southern Interior Local Government Association. The motion calls on the province to regulate noisy motorcycles and boats because they are often a source of complaints from the public.
If it is approved by SILGA, then the resolution would go to the Union of B.C. Municipalities for similar support and if successful there, have the backing of the organization that represents all B.C. municipalities.
The city has had a bylaw of its own to deal with motorcycles that had modified exhaust systems and make noise in excess of 92 decibels when idling and 96 decibels when moving. But it has been stalled at third reading for the last year.
The reason it has not been adopted by Kelowna council is because local RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon said such a move should be made at the provincial level under the Motor Vehicle Act.
“He felt it just wasn’t practical to enforce it,” Stack told council.
The proposed bylaw would set the noise level for boats that have exhausts in the air and not below the water level at 85 decibels.
Stack said every year the city gets complaints from the public about excessive noise and as the weather improves, he expects the number of complaints will increase.
The SILGA meeting is to be held in Salmon Arm in May.