Amy Wiggins

Amy is the lifestyles reporter for the Bay of Plenty Times.

Noisy cars in sights

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Police will be cracking down on noisy vehicles this summer.

Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager Senior Sergeant Ian Campion said police would be targeting noisy vehicles to ensure they complied with requirements.

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."

Mr Campion said infringement notices and fines ranging from $50 to $600 would be issued if vehicles exceeded noise limits. Any vehicles suspected of breaching noise levels would have to undergo a test by an NZTA certified tester.

Cars that passed the test would be issued with a tag and a certificate, valid until more modifications were made.

"If you've modified your exhaust, get it checked," he said.

Police would also be issuing tickets to those seen riding in the back of utes or vans with no seats. Amy McGillivray

- Bay of Plenty Times

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