New noise by-law amendment affecting motorcycles begins July 1

Friday, May 11, 2012 – for immediate release

New noise by-law amendment affecting motorcycles begins July 1

Town offers free testing to owners on May 27 and June 24 in advance of the by-law’s enforcement

Does your motorcycle pass the test? Beginning July 1, an amendment to the Town of Oakville’s Noise By-Law 2008-098 comes into effect that prohibits excessive motorcycle noise. Find out if your motorcycle complies with the new by-law requirements at a public awareness session hosted by the Town of Oakville and Halton Regional Police on May 27 and June 24. Between noon and 3 p.m. in the main parking lot at Town Hall, owners will be given a chance to test their motorcycles for decibel levels, free of charge, before the by-law is enforced.

“It’s important to note that most motorcycles will comply with the by-law,” said Phil Bouillon, assistant Town Clerk. “Owners should only be concerned if their motorcycle has been un-muffled or had other after-market exhaust systems installed.”

Under the by-law, a motorcycle cannot be operated in Oakville if it emits any sound exceeding 92 decibels (dBA) from the exhaust when it’s idling. Decibel readings will be taken at 50 centimetres from the exhaust by a sound level meter. A train whistle, jackhammer or rock concert generate similar noise levels, typically reaching 90 decibels. Sustained exposure to decibel levels of 90-95 dBA could result in hearing loss.

The change to the by-law is a direct result of concerns raised by residents. The new amendment, passed by Council in December 2011, means individuals who violate the Noise By-law could face a minimum fine of $400.

For more information, visit the Noise and Nuisance Issues page.


For more information contact

Phil Bouillon
Assistant Town Clerk
905-845-6601, ext. 3093

Kimberly Moser
Senior Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3096

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