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Mayor’s Monday Mailbag – Oct. 4, 2021 – What’s Being Done to Stop Noise from Loud Vehicles?

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Welcome to the Mayor’s Monday Mailbag, an initiative Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and the Mayor’s Office has launched to share weekly answers to questions from the public we’ve received through our main email inbox at mayor@burlington.ca or the Mayor’s social media platforms.

At the end of the month, we’ll publish a roundup of those most pressing questions we’ve received in the weeks prior.

Mayor’s Monday Mailbag – Oct. 4, 2021

QUESTION:

“Loud noises from vehicles are getting unbearable — particularly on evenings and weekends when I’m trying to relax. Is there anything being done to stop these noisy cars?”

ANSWER:

A common inquiry we get at the Mayor’s Office is from residents asking for help in mitigating traffic noise. This issue is one we see in every corner of Burlington and most commonly disruptive on evenings and weekends when people are home and looking to relax. With COVID-19, people are home even more often than usual, often working remotely, so the sound of modified engines and loud vehicles can be particularly disruptive.

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) have been running a program to address this issue called — Project Noisemaker.  The program began in 2020 and has continued due to its effectiveness in identifying offending vehicles and taking action to prevent future issues. The Mayor’s Office recently received an update that ensures the program is ongoing and yielding results.

On just one recent weekend – Sept. 25-26 – Project Noisemaker issued 33 tickets and an additional 8 warnings for issues such as unnecessary noise, having no muffler, or having an improper muffler.

Thank you to HRPS for continuing to prioritize this disruptive problem in our community along with the many other serious issues they address on a daily basis to keep us safe.

Anyone with traffic enforcement concerns can reach out via the HRPS Report a Traffic Concern online form on their website.

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*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist

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Media Specialist: John Bkila
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