This could be the start of a real problem for Motorbikes. Acoustic cameras!?
France is already testing them near Paris. According to their reports it caught hundreds of vehicles on its first day, most of them motorbikes.
The authorities are clearly looking for public support to justify their implementation, so watch out as these autocratic cameras start to spread all around us.
Other European countries are now looking to expand this technology to their streets, These countries include the U.K., Germany, Italy and Spain just to mention a few.
But hold on, has the EU ever heard of the saying:
LOUD BIKES SAVES LIVES!
Well, not sure, it doesn’t seem to factor into their calculations.
One thought I have is, are the authorities going to use this money from autocratic cameras to increase car awareness of motorcycles?
What do you think? I think not.
Don’t get me wrong, I am all in favour of looking after the environment, but a slightly louder exhaust note does help your visibility and keeps you safe.
So what are the current motorcycle noise limits?
As for the E.U., it seems they believe motorcycles are a major contributor to noise pollution and they are very keen to continue to reduce legal noise levels from motorcycles. The old noise level of 80dB regulated by the “(EU) No 134/2014” looks like it will or already has been replaced with “UNECE Regulation 41” which currently limits the noise level from “L-Category Vehicles” further down to 77dB.
Now before you all start to complain that I am President Trump in disguise, I agree there should be some legal restrictions. Everybody knows about the Harley Davidson that measures a seven on the Richter Scale. That’s too loud!
How about my motorcycle? What’s the noise test limit on my motorcycle?
Well, if you have purchased a bike after the “Euro 3” law, then these values are known by the authorities. You can find the sound level and the corresponding engine rotations per minute of your bike on the VIN plate (vehicle identification number), which is attached to the frame of the bike.
The police can use this information to check that your bike doesn’t produce too much sound at roadside checks.
In many countries, they go even further: the police officer doesn’t even need to measure the sound. When he thinks it is too loud, or there is no E-standards mark on the silencer, or the silencer is clearly tampered with, he can fine you and even forbid you to ride further.
This is a simple sound measuring app on your phone that might come handy, or not, depending on your intentions.
In reality it seems that in most countries there is not much enforcement because roadside checks are almost impossible. The most common reaction of the police to a rider with an illegal exhaust is to summon the rider to get his bike inspected in a test centre. In more severe cases, fines can be given on the spot, which no one likes.
People, please be responsible with the noise level your motorcycle produces. Don’t spoil the party for everyone! I truly hope there are some police out there that have some common sense and realise the difference between sound and noise.
Ride safe all,