Toronto police are cracking down on noisy drivers in new blitz

Jul 16 2019, 4:25 pm

The City of Toronto says it’s cracking down on noisy drivers, through a blitz leading up to a new noise bylaw that comes into effect on October 1, 2019, across the city.

Mayor John Tory, along with the Toronto police, announced the blitz on Monday, which targets motorists with vehicles that may “have been modified, altered, or used in a way that is excessively noisy.”

“Noises from engine revving and squealing tires associated with dangerous/stunt driving can put pedestrians and other vulnerable road users at risk,” said Superintendent Scott Baptist, on Monday.

“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.”

Drivers caught causing a disturbance during the blitz period will face fines starting at $110 per offence.

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Officers will also be targetting drivers with loud car stereos, car, truck, or motorcycle exhausts that emit sound to the extent it disturbs patrons at a restaurant, nearby residents, or other motorists on the roadway, according to police.

The new bylaws coming into effect, which will give licensing officers more power to deal with noisy drivers, were announced after the city conducted a review into street noise following complaints from residents. The amendments to the bylaws were adopted by council in April 2019.

However, noise in and around construction sites will not be a part of the new by-law, according to police.