The debate over noisy vehicles in Saskatoon is far from over and opposition to a proposed city bylaw that would muzzle motorcycles is growing louder.

The city wants to implement new methods to target excessively loud vehicles but some say that sets a double standard.

Motorcycle rider Neil Nemeth says he doesn’t think the proposed bylaw is being fairly applied. While it’s aimed at cracking down on all vehicles that emit excessive noise a separate provision sets decibel limits for motorcycles. READ ON

 

Canadian Army Veterans motorcycle group representative Neil Nemeth speaks to reporters outside of council chambers on March 17, 2014. Francois Biber/ News Talk RadioCouncil votes 9-2 to rewrite noise bylaw, set threshold for motorcycle noise

City council’s wish is to write a bylaw that would enforce vehicle noise for motorcycles, cars and trucks.

Technology and decibel limits exist only to test motorcycle noise, so Councillor Zach Jeffries said unfortunately that’s as far as a bylaw extends.

“What it comes down to is the availability of technology and at this point technology exists to test motorcycles and I hope it’s going to be available to test other vehicles in the near future,” he said. READ ON

Motorcycle salesman and racer Steve Molinelli opposes a proposed city bylaw to crack down on vehicle noise, but he agrees the suggested noise threshold is not unreasonable.

FFUN Motor Sports sales manager Steve Molinelli opposes a proposal to crack down on vehicle noise. Photograph by: Richard Marjan, The Starphoenix , The StarphoenixCity councillors expressed support Monday for a possible bylaw to enforce vehicle noise limits - including a provision to enforce a specific decibel level for motorcycles, proposed by a city report to be about 92 decibels.

"That's a pretty good threshold in my opinion," said Molinelli, who races motorcycles and sells them at FFUN Motor Sports. "There's not anything wrong with that." READ ON

 

Saskatchewan Government Insurance is hoping changes to motorcycle regulations approved last week by the provincial government will further reduce the 47-percent gap between the cost of claims and the amount riders pay.

However, until the impact of those changes is known, SGI is proposing motorcycle rates increase by 5.2 per cent this year.

The rate, which is the same as that proposed for SGI's auto fund, is comprised of a 2.7-per-cent revenue increase and a 3.7-percent capital amount to the rate stabilization reserve.  READ ON

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