Does your motorcycle pass the test?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 – for immediate release

Does your motorcycle pass the test?

Motorcycle noise level testing clinic returns to Town Hall on May 24, 2015

On Sunday, May 24, 2015, the Town of Oakville will be holding a noise testing clinic to give motorcycle owners a chance to test their bikes for decibel levels, free of charge. Under Oakville’s Noise By-Law 2008-098 motorcycles cannot operate in Oakville if it emits any sound exceeding 92 decibels (dBA) from the exhaust when it’s idling.

“Most motorcycles will comply with the by-law,” said Jim Barry, manager of by-law services. “Owners should only be concerned if their motorcycle has been modified or had other after-market exhaust systems installed.”

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the main parking lot at Town Hall, by-law enforcement officers will check for excessive noise emissions and let motorcyclists know how they can bring their bikes up to industry and community standards. Decibel readings will be taken at 50 centimetres from the exhaust by a sound level meter.
Motorcycle owners whose bikes are not compliant with the Town of Oakville Noise By-law will not be issued a ticket at the clinic, however enforcement is in effect over the course of the riding season.

For more information, visit the noise and nuisance issues page or contact Marny Sharpen in Licensing and By-Law Services at 905-845-6601, ext. 2902 or

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