Longtime motorcycle advocate Wayne Carruthers asks how riders can access test stations, particularly in country areas of NSW, Queensland and Victoria.
“The issue could be a political embarrassment to those Governments who are reliant on votes from regional areas.”
We asked Queensland Police how riders who want to comply with noise regulations could confirm their bike’s noise output.
They replied that the motorcycle should have a label advising of the decibel level, that all new bikes complied and that “there are exhaust shops that have the required equipment to test the noise level of vehicles”.
However, Wayne says the location of official noise-testing stations can be an expensive problem for rural riders.
“People in regional areas who have been issued a notice by police can have considerable time and expense wasted just in getting to a testing location to have the notice lifted,” he says.
“In NSW and Queensland, in particular, those in western regions can have 1000s of kilometres to travel with at times up to two days taken out of work simply to attend a testing station.
“This is not practical for many motorists not just motorcyclists and a clear example of the inequity of application of the state regulations.
“The testing for noise and emissions needs to be reconsidered by governments and authorities.”
H says it should be returned to authorised testers as per annual registration systems.
“The systems in place in the some states would surely be an embarrassment to the relevant Ministers and not sit well with regional voters,” he says.