Tougher Kelowna noise bylaws on hold

5/31/2012

Tougher Kelowna city bylaws intended to crack down on noisy boats and motorcycles have been put on the shelf.

Officials with the Mounties say Kelowna RCMP Supt. Bill McKinnon has taken the issue to the provincial government but there is no word on when there would be follow-through with new legislation.

Kelowna RCMP Cst. Kris Clark says the move does not mean the bylaw for a 96 decible cap on engine noise is are dead.

He says the Mounties would go ahead with enforcing the bylaw if the province did not take action.

BC's Motor Vehicle Act does currently put some restrictions on loud engines, exhaust and brake systems, which are backed up by fines of up to $109.

Kelowna City Council backed a move for a strict noise bylaw last August.

The plan was to allow the RCMP to buy decibel readers to spot bikes and boats that are too loud.

Those readers were never purchased.

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