C-24.2, r. 37.2 - Pilot project concerning the sound level control of the exhaust system of a motorcycle and moped

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chapter C-24.2, r. 37.2
Pilot project concerning the sound level control of the exhaust system of a motorcycle and moped
HIGHWAY SAFETY CODE — MOTORCYCLE AND MOPED — SOUND LEVEL CONTROL
Highway Safety Code
(chapter C-24.2, s. 633.1).
C-24.2
May 16 2013
1. The Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec is authorized, for 3 years, to implement the Pilot project concerning the sound level control of the exhaust system of a motorcycle and moped.
The purpose of the pilot project is to collect information on the implementation of the control to verify the validity of the parameters used.
M.O. 2012-06, s. 1.
2. The owner of a motorcycle or moped may not drive it or allow to have it driven if the sound level of the exhaust system of the vehicle exceeds the values indicated in the table below according to the class of road vehicle and the sound level measurement method:


Classes of road vehicle and A-weighted (dBA) values
measurement methods measured in decibels



method where the engine
rotates with a constant 100
or variable speed
motorcycle
method where the engine is idle 92


method where the engine
rotates with a constant 90
or variable speed
moped
method where the engine is idle 82

In the case of an offence under the provisions of this section, the owner of a road vehicle is liable to a fine of $100 to $200.
M.O. 2012-06, s. 2.
3. The sound level of the exhaust system of a motorcycle or moped may be measured by a sound level meter approved by the Minister of Transport and used by a peace officer who has successfully completed appropriate training. Two inspections, one before and one after its use, must indicate whether it is in proper working order.
The sound level measured by a sound level meter under the conditions set out in the first paragraph is proof of its accuracy, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary.
M.O. 2012-06, s. 3.
4. When required to do so by a peace officer, the driver of a motorcycle or moped must drive the vehicle to the place indicated, provided it is not over 15 km from the place of interception, and must, in compliance with the peace officer’s orders, help in measuring the sound level, in particular by performing the following:
(1)  in the case of a motorcycle but subject to subparagraph 2,
(a)  sit on the vehicle’s seat;
(b)  put the transmission in the neutral position;
(c)  ensure the stability of the vehicle in the upright position;
(d)  if the vehicle has a control system that may affect the sound level, adjust the system in the position giving the maximum noise;
(e)  where the measurement method where the engine rotates with a constant speed is applied, activate the throttle of the vehicle in order to reach and maintain for at least 2 seconds the rotational speed of the engine to the value determined in the second and third paragraphs of section 5;
(f)  where the measurement method where the engine rotates with a variable speed is applied, activate the throttle of the vehicle in order to increase progressively for at least 2 seconds the rotational speed of the engine from the idle engine speed to the value determined in the second and third paragraphs of section 5;
(2)  in the case of a motorcycle with an automatic transmission having no neutral position and a moped,
(a)  let the vehicle rest on its centre stand;
(b)  ensure the stability of the vehicle in the upright position;
(c)  lift the back wheel from the ground so that it can turn freely;
(d)  if the vehicle has a control system that may affect the sound level, adjust the system in the position giving the maximum noise;
(e)  stand beside the vehicle on the opposite side from where the measurement is carried out so that the rotational speed of the engine can be controlled;
(f)  where the measurement method where the engine rotates with a constant speed is applied, activate the throttle of the vehicle in order to reach and maintain for at least 2 seconds the rotational speed of the engine to the value determined in the second and third paragraphs of section 5;
(g)  where the measurement method where the engine rotates with a variable speed is applied, activate the throttle of the vehicle in order to increase progressively for at least 2 seconds the rotational speed of the engine from the idle engine speed to the value determined in the second and third paragraphs of section 5.
The driver of a road vehicle who does not comply with the provisions of the first paragraph is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of $200 to $300.
M.O. 2012-06, s. 4.
5. The measurement method where the engine rotates with a constant speed designates a method where, during measurement, the rotational speed of the engine is maintained during at least 2 seconds to the value determined in the second and third paragraphs.
Subject to the third paragraph, the rotational speed of a motorcycle is, according to the displacement:


Values expressed in revolutions per
minute (RPM) according to the number
of cylinders of the engine


1, 2 or 6 cylinders 2,500 (+ - 250)


3 or 4 cylinders 5,000 (+ - 250)

In respect of a motorcycle with an automatic transmission having no neutral position and a moped, the rotational speed of the engine is, according to the class of road vehicle:


Values expressed in revolutions per
minute (RPM) according to the class
of road vehicle


motorcycle 4,500 (+ - 250)


moped 5,000 (+ - 250)

M.O. 2012-06, s. 5.
6. The measurement method where the engine rotates with a variable speed designates a method where, during measurement, the rotational speed of the engine is increased progressively for at least 2 seconds from the idle engine speed to the value determined in the second and third paragraphs of section 5. The idle engine speed is a speed where the engine is running but where the throttle is not activated.
M.O. 2012-06, s. 6.
7. The measurement method where the engine is idle designates a method where, during measurement, the engine is running but where the throttle is not activated.
M.O. 2012-06, s. 7.
8. A police force that uses a sound level meter approved as part of the application of the pilot project must report to the Société on the application of the pilot project on 15 December of each year.
M.O. 2012-06, s. 8.
9. This Order is revoked on 16 May 2018.
M.O. 2012-06, s. 9; M.O. 2016-07, s. 2.
REFERENCES
M.O. 2012-06, 2012 G.O. 2, 2376 and 2013 G.O. 2, 955
M.O. 2016-07, 2016 G.O. 2, 1837