Police crack down on noisy mufflers

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Victorian police launched Operation Muffler this month to crack down on noisy motorcycle and car mufflers after complaints from the public.

The operation began on January 15 and will continue “for the foreseeable future”, says a Victoria Police media spokeswoman.

“Operation Muffler was formulated in response to community feedback to the Police and the EPA regarding noisy vehicles travelling up and down the beach foreshore area during the warmer months,” she says.

“Complaints were made to Police, Council and the EPA which has formed the basis for the operation.

“In terms of area these complaints come from residents in St Kilda all the way to Port Melbourne but it is all focussed on the beach foreshore area.

“The operation is to assess the issue and take action where offences and non-compliance is detected. We need to look at the complaints in totality as there could also be environmental issues that are a causation factor such as the wide open space or tall buildings reflecting noise.”

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She admitted most of the complaints we receive relate to motorcycles, but says the operation is levelled at all vehicles.

“We will assess motorcycles and cars, especially those that appear to be modified for compliance,” she says.

“This operation is certainly not a ‘witch hunt’ focussing on motorcycles. It is all-encompassing to assess the extent of the issue and the factors involved. We are working very closely with the EPA on this issue to find a solution that all stakeholders are happy with.”

The first operation was hampered by poor weather but 25 vehicles were issued with notices from the EPA and these were all cars.

THe operation involves road blocks along the foreshore area at specific intervals with suspected non-compliant vehicles waved in and tested by the EPA.

The Vicpol spokeswoman said motorists could also be fined for other issues such as unlicensed driving/riding, and unregistered and unroadworthy vehicles.

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Let’s face it, riders love the sound of “meaty” mufflers.

But riders are also divided over whether they make them safer or a public nuisance.

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40 Comments

  1. How can we make complaints about noisy motorcycle/cars? I’ve lived in st Kilda for 5 years and it’s got much worse recently, I regularly have to put my hands over my ears. Sick of these idiots ruining the peace for hundreds of people around. There doesn’t seem an adequate complaint procedure though, can anyone advise?

  2. Loud bicycles are annoying.. and some motorists seem to enjoy making sure their engines are heard all the time. I am glad to hear that Victorian police is doing something about it, actually I was about to write to them when I came across this article.

  3. Yeah, I have a few comments concerning the crappy bloody attitude I am reading here just because someone wants to feel a little safer out there in HELL ALLEY –
    After being knocked off my motorcycle late last year by an 79 yr old woman who wanted the car park regardless of WHO was in her way – it has made me an advocate of LOUD PIPES and also an advocate of Truck Air Horns fitted to motorcycles – ANYTHING to STOP these frail old farts from SMASHING ME Again ….
    You make me sick, with your whinging, whining, moaning stinking attitudes –

    1. she probably didn’t hear you, deaf, 79 years of loud noises.
      I always offer an elderly lady a seat on the bus
      & if they need a park so they don’t have to walk miles in the hot sun, perhaps they need to spend a penny pretty quick, I’m pleased to offer them my park too
      She might have been the nurse who looked after my mother when she was born.
      My bike’s pretty quick & so am I
      so I don’t need to go around making a racket to wake the dead or fighting with elderly ladies over a car park.

  4. Ouch, i am an Ulysian, but my bike is quite as, yet faster then a HD.
    No i don’t believe loud pipes save lives, as in my car, the sound system drowns out most outside noise, but i would have spotted the bike a long time before i could hear it, and that is where this SMIDSY thing come into play, to me it is a sign of incompetence.
    We are responsible, just, disgraceful, and if you do not understand the difference, i suggest you obtain a bike license and join our club, well if you are over 50, or as a junior at 40.
    Now let me think what kind of requirements you need to be a road user.. you could be assured you would fail. Like calling some one who you do not know an idiot. If you like to see the real idiot, may i suggest looking in the mirror, but you fail that requirement too, as you fail to see the funny side of such disgracefulness

    1. HERE WE GO AGAIN ! I am tired of the Harley – Davidson BASHERS out there – The OLD Story goes IF you want Respect Then EARN IT – WHO has the Attitude Problem here – NOT The HD Riders I know and have met, that’s for sure – and Yes, I do RIDE a Jap Bike ….
      frostbite

  5. Ulysses claims 18,000 members & the bikes they ride are the cause of the problem. Last thing motorcycling needs is 18,000 idiots riding around not just annoying but severely aggravating everyone they go past, including other motorcyclists. If sportsbike riders think your pipes are too loud & are happy to see the police book you for it, you’ve REALLY got a problem.

    It’s time Ulysses behaved responsibly.
    Ulysses should require every new member to present with standard OEM pipes on their bike as a condition of membership.

    1. Ouch, i am an Ulysian, but my bike is quite as, yet faster then a HD.
      No i don’t believe loud pipes save lives, as in my car, the sound system drowns out most outside noise, but i would have spotted the bike a long time before i could hear it, and that is where this SMIDSY thing come into play, to me it is a sign of incompetence.
      We are responsible, just, disgraceful, and if you do not understand the difference, i suggest you obtain a bike license and join our club, well if you are over 50, or as a junior at 40.
      Now let me think what kind of requirements you need to be a road user.. you could be assured you would fail. Like calling some one who you do not know an idiot. If you like to see the real idiot, may i suggest looking in the mirror, but you fail that requirement too, as you fail to see the funny side of such disgracefulness

      1. if you read it again you’ll see he called people who are “riding around not just annoying but severely aggravating everyone they go past, including other motorcyclists” idiots, & I think you’ll actually agree with that

        1. … he identified 18000 people in Ulysses and labelled all 18000 as idiots. He can say what he likes, he can call us or anyone else what he likes – we reveal more about who we are by what we say than by what others call us, and I’ve been called far worse than ‘idiot’, and surprisingly I’m not too concerned …

  6. reading these comments appears cruisers have thoroughly pissed off not only wider community but every other motorcycling sub-group as well.

  7. Never buy a bike with an aftermarket exhaust, likely problems:
    1.exhaust valves burn out quicker
    2. less power (guaranteed for almost all aftermarket cruiser pipes) unless a new ECU plus remap – expensive
    & a remap usually means thrashed
    3. If you’re booked & have to go for a machinery, good chance you’ll be buying a set of OEM pipes. Not even a blind, deaf & dumb inspector half a kilometre away would pass those aftermarket cruisers.
    4.Less for trade/resale. Buyers want OEM standard, for reasons see above.

      1. You’re happy with the note, great, make sure you keep originals. However
        Dunstall’s a highly respected manufacturer yet they had a burnt valves problem with the Dunstall Decibels in the ’70s until they quietened them down a bit. Modern bikes run leaner & hotter to meet emission standards so . . . . ECU still same? A dealer will sell you anything you want, do some research, 99% of “facts” on internet are bs so use commonsense.

        Triumph factory exhausts have a very good reputation for performance through the whole rev range. I kept my Speed Triple pipes factory standard for a reason.

  8. I love a decent exhaust rumble as much as the next bloke, but as usual it is the handful of idiots that ruin it for everyone. I live close to a T-intersection at a main road and there’s one such idiot that turns right onto the main road and feels the need to bang his pretty much un-silenced Harley V-rod off the rev-limiter EVERY DAMN TIME… night and day! I hope for his sake that the cops catch him before some of my neighbours do.

    1. he’s probably running only slightly above idle, those clowns can’t ride (why do you think he bought a Harley) & their pipes are so bad to compensate. Bloke on a cruiser rides with us occasionally, standard pipes, very quick, no bs loud pipes inferiority complex.

      1. Lord Byron – Hmmm, Says it all right there doesn’t it … you sound like one of the tossers I see wearing full leather suits riding like madmen around a twisty road because you can -Well god on you – but DON’T go putting others down for their choice of motorcycle and their apparrel and their way of riding – NOT everyone wants to PLAY RACE – on public roads !!!
        Some of us want to enjoy the feel of a V-Twin underneath out butt, and enjoy ‘Cruising’ the highways & byways of Australia, enjoying our beautiful scenery and have a relaxing ride.
        If &^% $#^& like you would ever stop to smell the roses you might realise that Life is for Living – just RELAX and Get rid of the BAD ATTITUDE Before it is too late – You might even learn that it is not such a bad way to travel after all …

  9. I’ve seen and heard the loud vehicles in that area and I can sympathise with the residents.
    Some of the riders and drivers seem to interpret “loud pipes save lives” to also mean “wake the dead” and apparently try hard to resurrect the departed.
    I don’t mind a fruity exhaust note but there is “loud” and there is “stupidly loud”. Go ahead and bust the stupidly loud.

    1. They’ll book everyone – revenue, & they need to be seen to be doing something. Thank the Uslyss brigade for causing the problem.

      1. OK wasn’t going to comment but… It’s spelt Ulysses for a start and not all members ride a Harley. That said, those who do (like me) are not “clowns” as you commented earlier and not all of those have loud pipes. Your generalizations, insults and lack of class mark you down as a Troll so I really shouldn’t rise to the bait but you might just possibly think your opinion has merit. It doesn’t. Cheers

  10. I ride a loud bike daily. It help. When you’re lane filtering people hear me before they decide to get off their phones and look in the mirror.

    1. I commute daily too, on a sports bike, and it helps much more to be lane filtering safely. If you are lane filtering at the correct speed, in the legally allowable situations, then you don’t need to be deafening people with your stupidly loud pipes. If the cars are travelling at MORE than 30k’s an hour, then you aren’t lane filtering, you’re breaking the law. If you are travelling faster than 30 k’s an hour whilst lane filtering, then you are breaking the law.
      Bike riders f*** themselves up just as much as drivers do. Ride safely, don’t take unnecessary risks, lane filter according to the rules, open your eyes and look ahead further than the car in front of you – see what the guy five cars ahead is doing, it’s not that hard – and you can anticipate where the drivers up ahead are going to go. A little toot will get most of them to move over enough to get your (again, stupidly) wide ape hangers through the gap (that I can safely ride through with my feet on the pegs).
      I’ve found that truck drivers are usually the most respectful of all the road users. However, I’d never in a million years “filter” between two semi trailers side by side on the highway/freeway if they are moving at 60 – riders that do that are asking for death.

  11. Police need to do something in inner Brisbane suburbs to rid the community of excessively noisy bikes and cars. Mostly the riders/drivers ride them in such a manner as to make as much noise as possible, presumably thinking they will impress more people.
    They are very annoying. They all probably think the chances of being caught are low and they are probably right, as the police don’t seem to care or do anything proactive about it.

  12. When I go on a Ulysses ride I avoid the HD riders like the plague I’m always afraid of being hit by falling debris or losing the little hearing I have left.
    If you did a survey of riders with loud bikes and riders with normal to quiet bikes to see who riders most often the furthest and not just to the cafe strip to sip lattes you’d probably find the loudest bike have the least miles on them.

  13. Good; that will get rid of a lot of the insanely noisy Harley-Fergusons on the road. Next they need to target the buffoons who drive illegally with their fog-lights on in good weather, blinding other drivers at night.

      1. Yes, I am more irritated by the lights than the noise. I won’t crash from the noise, but if I can’t see due to some morons lights, there is a good chance of crashing!

        1. Some of the newer cars with led driving light are even worse.
          Besides my fog lights only come in inclement weather, so others can see me and hopefully slow down, if it makes you crash, you are incompetent. Besides you need to see me as many fail to turn on their lights in such weather, so i can see them, and ride accordingly. Ie like in SMIDSY mode.

          1. Fog lights should have an automatic switch – if they are turned on, the headlights turn off. Fog lights are only useful if the main headlights are off anyway.

  14. “THe operation involves road blocks along the foreshore area at specific intervals with suspected non-compliant vehicles waved in and tested by the EPA.”

    If they were in the ocean (at the bottom of it preferably) we’d call them drift-netters.

    This is at the extreme of obsequious patheticism – where police become pigs – where justifying actions on the most flimsy grounds must make even the perpetrators of the fascist action feel some guilt for the wrongs they are lathering on a passive society.

    Amusing how these same police in their assumed and sadly accepted role as policy definition trolls, won’t allow legally licenced sporting shooters with legally registered firearms to use silencers – either at clubs or on the open range – where ‘OH&S’ would clearly be better served with such devices, the user must don hearing protection, which of course only helps the user. Perhaps they would be less hypocritical if they door-knocked defined areas of concern where these terrible machines make so much noise an handed out hearing protection. I guess a loud firearm is a safe firearm … oh, wait …

  15. It’s the Lebanese boys who have them. They seem to enjoy loud noise and explosive revs. Perhaps they need to return to the middle East? Plenty of noise and explosions there?

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