Police clamp down on noisy vehicles

By Amy McGillivray

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With summer on the way police are again cracking down on noisy vehicles.

Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said police would be targeting noisy vehicles to make sure they comply with noise requirements.

"What tends to happen, and it's already happening, is this time of the year with the weather getting warmer and a lot of people going to the Mount and Papamoa means over the weekends motorcyclists and other car enthusiast vehicles have been dusted off and taken out for their weekend drive."

Mr Campion said modified exhausts must be no louder than the standard manufacturers output.

"The residents, visitors to the Mount and holidaymakers they deserve a little but of quiet," he said.

Mr Campion said infringement notices and fines ranging from $50 to$600 would be issued if vehicles were found to exceed the allowed noise limit.

Any vehicles suspected to be breaching the allowed noise level would be required to undergo an objective noise test conducted by an NZTA certified tester.

Cars which pass the test will be issued with a tag and a certificate of compliance that remains valid until more modifications are undertaken.

"My message is if you've modified your exhaust, get it checked," he said.

Mr Campion said police would also be taking issuing tickets to those seen riding in the back of utes or vans with no seats.

 

- Bay of Plenty Times

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