Motorcycle mufflers may solicit tickets as Vancouver police say they will issue violations for excessive noise. To obtain a conviction, they will rely on R v Tootill, a five-year-old court decision as justification for allowing officers to measure engine noise.
Riders should know noise violations can still be challenged based on the existing legislation. It is important to note the case was based on a unique set of circumstances. In addition, a proper decibel reading must be obtained in a testing facility and not on the street.
Perhaps the best way to avoid being stopped by police is to consider where and when to ride our motorcycles if the exhaust has been modified or is on the noisy side. Leaning on the throttle while cruising between the towers in downtown Vancouver is only going to make everyone look bad.