POLITICS

Saskatoon motorcycle owners rumbling over change to city noise bylaw

03/18/2014 10:38 EDT | Updated 05/18/2014 05:59 EDT
SASKATOON - Motorcycle riders in Saskatoon are upset that their sweet rides will be the initial target of a change to the city's noise bylaw aimed at curbing loud exhaust systems.

City council voted Monday night to proceed with a bylaw amendment so that police will be allowed to test the rumble coming from riders' pipes.

Bikers would face penalties for machines that emit more than 92 to 100 decibels, but council was told there is no solid technology currently available to test the noise levels of four-wheeled vehicles.

City solicitor Patricia Warwick says her office will watch for any new ways to monitor cars and truck, but until then police can only check motorcycles.

Neil Nemeth (NEM'-eth), a spokesman for the Canadian Army Veterans motorcycle group, says the change is unfair and argues that buses, police cars and fire trucks make as much if not more noise than motorcycles.

Troy Davies, one of two councillors to vote against the amendment, says the city shouldn't single out one group if the technology does not yet exist to effectively monitor all vehicles. (CKOM, CJWW)