26 September 2023

EPA and Police link to find noisy cars

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In a State first, Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has teamed up with Victoria Police to curb noise pollution from loud cars, bikes and light trucks.

Commenting on the operation, the Authority said EPA officers joined police at Altona Police Station in Melbourne for a vehicle call in, which saw police issue notices to suspect vehicles for road safety inspections.

“EPA officers took the opportunity to test vehicle noise emissions,” EPA said.

“Of the nine vehicles tested, six will be issued infringement notices for failing to comply with vehicle noise limits under Environment Protection Regulations (2021),” it said.

“Each infringement notice issued to the register owner will total $908.70.”

EPA said vehicle owners who failed to comply with noise emission limits would also receive a Vehicle Testing Notice (VTN) which directed that the vehicle must be taken to an EPA-approved vehicle tester to gain a Certificate of Compliance.

It said failure to comply with the notice may result in further infringement notices or vehicle registration being suspended.

“You may enjoy the loud sound of your vehicle but not everybody else does,” the Authority said.

“Be respectful of other road users, residents and neighbours who may not appreciate your vehicles engine noise as much as you do.”

It said proper servicing of vehicles and avoiding the installation of aftermarket devices or exhaust components that increased vehicle noise emissions were simple steps that could be taken by individuals.

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