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Motorcycle noise level testing clinic returns to Town Hall on May 24

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Gisele Shaw

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Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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On Sunday, May 24 the Town of Oakville will be holding a noise testing clinic to give motorcycle owners a chance to test their bikes for decibel levels, free of charge. Under Oakville’s Noise By-Law 2008-098 motorcycles cannot operate in Oakville if it emits any sound exceeding 92 decibels (dBA) from the exhaust when it’s idling.

Individuals who violate the Noise By-law could face a minimum fine of $400. – Town of Oakville

“Most motorcycles will comply with the by-law,” said Jim Barry, manager of by-law services. “Owners should only be concerned if their motorcycle has been modified or had other after-market exhaust systems installed.”

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the main parking lot at Town Hall, by-law enforcement officers will check for excessive noise emissions and let motorcyclists know how they can bring their bikes up to industry and community standards. Decibel readings will be taken at 50 centimetres from the exhaust by a sound level meter.

Close up of Muffler Tail Pipe

When idling a motorcycle noise should not exceed 92 decibels; Photo Credit:Sherri Abendroth / Foter / CC BY-ND

Motorcycle owners whose bikes are not compliant with the Town of Oakville Noise By-law will not be issued a ticket at the clinic; however, enforcement is in effect over the course of the riding season.

For more information, visit or contact Marny Sharpen in Licensing and By-Law Services at 905-845-6601, ext. 2902 or



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