Police cracking down on noisy vehicles

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 11:46 a.m. July 16, 2019
Updated: 11:54 a.m. July 16, 2019

Following complaints from city residents and councillors, Toronto Police is cracking down on excessive noise by vehicles.

Two man, one wearing a police uniform the other a suit, address people gathered around them
Supt. Scott Baptist and Mayor John Tory at the campaign launch

On Monday, July 15, 2019, the Service’s Motor Squad combined with the City of Toronto’s Municipal Licensing & Standards to launch an awareness and enforcement campaign.

It was done on Yorkville Avenue which is one of the hot spots that has generated many complaints,

“We are focussing here and on a few areas in Scarborough, including Kingston Road and Birchcliff Avenue,” said Superintendent Scott Baptist. “There have been many complaints going to city councillors and they want us to do something about the loud car stereos and cars, trucks, and  motorcycles exhausts emitting sound to the extent that it disturbs patrons at a restaurant, nearby residents, and other motorists on the roadway.”

He said provincial laws are already in place to protect quality of life and permit enforcement against unnecessary vehicle horns & alarms, loud mufflers/exhausts which carry a $110 fine.

“Noises from engine revving and squealing tires associated with dangerous/stunt driving can put pedestrians and other vulnerable road users at risk,” added Baptist. “Our frontline officers in Traffic Services will be out in the next week and then sporadically a night here and a night there through the summer enforcing the law. We did a blitz about two weeks ago which was successful and we don’t intend to ease up.”

Starting on October, a new noise by-law will come into effect, giving licensing officers more power to deal with noisy drivers. Noise in and around construction sites will not be a part of the new by-law.

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