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Noisy vehicles, although not a safety issue, affect quality of life. Ensuring your vehicle does not make excessive noise makes you a good neighbour.

Background

At the April 25, 2017, City Council meeting, the following motion was moved:

That Administration provide a report on the following:

  • a list of known problem locations for excessive vehicle noise in Edmonton
  •  an assessment of existing data on the magnitude and impacts of excessive vehicle noise on residents and businesses, especially along stretches, including but not limited to Whyte Avenue and Jasper Avenue
  • a summary of what actions are being currently undertaken to address excessive traffic noise, potential actions or countermeasures available beyond what is currently being done to address excessive traffic noise, within the existing budget, and return to Committee

As a result, administration and the Edmonton Police Service identified eighteen areas where the vehicle noise complaints are higher than normal. Upon further field review of these sites, four downtown locations were chosen to place noise monitoring systems. The screening locations were:

  • 124 Street from Jasper Avenue to 118 Avenue
  • Jasper Avenue from 109 Street to 124 Street
  • Groat Road from Victoria Park Road to 107 Avenue
  • 109 Street from Jasper Avenue to High Level Bridge

The goal of the trial was to determine the suitability of noise monitoring systems to detect, measure and identify vehicles making excessive noise. Further efforts were made to determine the best noise parameter to use for establishing the sound levels criteria. The results of the testing and answers to the questions posed at the April 25, 2017, City Council meeting were delivered to Council in CR_4772 Vehicle Noise Report. 

The report conclusion stated “Should Committee request Administration pursue further work on excessive vehicle noise, the Traffic Safety section could extend its vehicle noise pilot project to include four units for detection and monitoring, and four units for educational feedback (like a Driver Feedback Sign for noise) in priority areas."

2018 Pilot

For the 2018 pilot, eight locations will collect data. Four locations will have noise level display boards and four locations will capture video. The Council report on results will be delivered in November of 2018. The 2018 noise monitoring pilot screening areas are:

LCD display board

  • 124 Street from 118 Avenue to Jasper Avenue
  • Victoria Park Road
  • 99 Street between Whyte Avenue and Whitemud Drive
  • Fort Road from 66 to 137 Avenue

Camera

  • Jasper Avenue from 109 Street to 124 Street
  • 114 Street south from 82 Avenue and into Belgravia
  • Groat Road
  • 137 Avenue between 97 Street and 127 Street

How does noise monitoring equipment work?
Noise monitoring equipment is not radar based but works by measuring decibels of noise. With the equipment that can capture images, when the noise volume reaches a certain threshold, the camera is activated. The LCD equipment also captures noise level information but does not capture images. However, the LCD equipment displays decibel levels.

When will automated noise enforcement start?
The pilot project will confirm the feasibility of using automated noise detection equipment for the collection and possible prosecution of excessive vehicle noise. Any enforcement will require City Council to approve the necessary bylaw followed by the purchase of equipment and set up of the program.

Where do I report excessive vehicle noise?
Vehicle noise complaints should go to Edmonton Police Service. Phone 780-423-4567.
 

For More Information

Traffic Safety

Telephone

780-495-0371

Fax 780-495-0383
Email transportationoperations@edmonton.ca

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