A city committee has asked the administration to look more closely at what options are best to take action against Edmonton drivers with vehicles that make excessive noise.
count. Michael Janz, who has called for more action to address the problem, said it was “long overdue” to do something more about the problem.
“The citizens are angry. Citizens are frustrated,” he said Monday, noting that he believes many of his colleagues at City Hall agree that “dramatic action must be taken against the vehicles.”
“It’s about the question of how high the fines should be? What room do we have for enforcement? But everyone is fed up. There is a widespread realization that this needs to stop.”
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The motion, passed by the Community and Public Services Committee on Monday, asks the administration to prepare a report for the committee to outline options and an implementation plan for “improved vehicle noise enforcement.”
The motion says options should include fine amounts, budget requirements, potential funding options and a plan for increased deployment as early as early 2023.
The motion also recommends that the city council that Mayor Amarjeet Sohi lobby the province on behalf of the city council for changes to the Traffic Safety Act to allow municipalities to “ban vehicle modifications that cause excessive road noise and investigate tools to restrict the sale of the said products.” “
It also recommends that the city council that Sohi works to change the law to allow peace officials to impound vehicles that are traveling more than 50 km/h over the speed limit.
Janz said the vehicle noise issue isn’t simply a “Whyte Avenue issue,” noting that he’s heard concerns being raised by people across the city.
“Everyone’s fed up with it,” he said, adding that some of the vehicle modifications result in loud noises that some Edmontonians mistake for gunshots. “There is a widespread realization that this needs to stop.
“Edmontonians demand action.”
While Edmonton already has statutes that allow fines to be imposed for excessive vehicle noise, Janz said he believes penalties may need to be stricter and more enforcement is needed.
“We have to prevent this antisocial behavior,” he said.
– With files from Breanna Karstens-Smith, Global News
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