Beginning mid summer 2019, City of Edmonton Peace Officers will begin to enforce excessive vehicle noise and will be looking for vehicles with modified exhaust systems. The pilot will be implemented for a period of time in the summer using varying approaches. Locations are yet to be finalized.
The pilot will include use of existing noise measuring and camera devices to identify noisy vehicles while a peace officer is in attendance. An additional approach will be general enforcement against vehicles with modified mufflers. Edmonton Police Services will continue with its enforcement efforts which includes excessive motorcycle noise.
Excessive noise thresholds will be determined by a number of factors including but not limited to: the impact the noise has on other people in the area, readings from noise monitoring equipment in applicable enforcement locations and officer provided evidence. The fine amount is $155.
Upon completion of the pilot, results will undergo a thorough analysis to determine the feasibility, resourcing requirements and issues of taking this work on long-term. Peace officers assigned to this pilot are authorized to conduct traffic stops and ticket drivers for excessive vehicle noise.