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article imageNoise level testing to begin for Edmonton motorcycles

By KJ Mullins     Jun 21, 2010 in World
Edmonton - Last week the city council in Edmonton approved a bylaw on excessive vehicle noise. This weekend Edmonton Police held a two day testing session of noise levels for motorcyclists.
On Saturday and Sunday the South Nait Campus parking lot in Edmonton was filled with motorcyclists finding out if their bikes passed the new city bylaw sound tests. During the event police were advising those who did not pass on how to bring their bikes up to standards.
The testing of sound levels is done with a hand-held sound level meters that are held at a 45-degree angle approximately 50 cm away from the bike’s exhaust system. Each bike was tested in idle and then when the bike is at rpm benchmarks of 2000 and 5000.
“The device will display a digital reading that will indicate whether or not the motorcycle’s exhaust system meets industry standards,” said Edmonton Police Traffic Section Sgt. Eric Theuser in a press release. “The police service currently has eight devices which will be utilized by officers qualified to use them.”
Enforcement of the bylaw--which includes a $250 fine--can be issued for motorcycles that exceed 92 decibels while idling or 96 decibels when the engine speed is at higher rpms will begin on July 1, 2010.
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