Police Launch Project Noisemaker to Reduce Noise Pollution

Police to act on noise pollution from loud exhaust sytems. Image by Andreas Lischka from Pixabay

Region of Peel – Road Safety Services has heard the community’s concerns surrounding the noise pollution of excessively loud vehicles on the roadways, in residential areas, at all hours and night.

The force has launched Project Noisemaker a little earlier this year, beginning on Friday, March 26, 2021, and extending it into the fall to tackle this issue.

For the next six months, this ongoing project will focus on reducing the number of motor vehicles with modified and/or excessively loud exhaust systems on the roads.

Vehicles will be subject to charges, including Improper Muffler and Unnecessary Noise, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) or By-law 360-79.

The penalties under the HTA include fines of $110 upon conviction or $305 for By-law 360-79 charges. Vehicles found to be unlawfully modified will be reported to the Insurance Bureau of Canada with the potential of a policy suspension.

“We encourage vehicle owners to repair modified exhaust systems and avoid using devices such as factory-issued mechanisms to alter and increase their vehicles’ sound in quiet, residential areas,” Peel Regional Police said in a statement.

“Our commitment to road safety is a crucial policing function. Our officers remain vigilant twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, enforcing the speed limit, dealing with aggressive driving and impaired driving, keeping the community safe as a top priority, and increasing the quality of living for everyone.

Anyone with information concerning aggressive driving or illegal street racing activities can contact the police by calling 905-453-3311.

The public can also file a driving complaint through Road Watch or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or at peelcrimestoppers.ca.