With the boating season now underway in the British Columbia interior, Transport Canada is asking the public for input on noisy watercraft.
According to Transport Canada, current regulations require that all mechanically propelled vessels be equipped with a silencer.
However, the national agency says the regulations do not include any performance standards for mufflers or noise limits.
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“These shortcomings have raised concerns that noise from ships’ engines sometimes exceeds acceptable levels,” Transport Canada said.
“Police have also noted that it is difficult to enforce current requirements as they do not have the technical expertise to determine whether a silencer is properly fitted or not.
“Transport Canada is exploring several ways to address these concerns.
On its Let’s Talk webpage, Transport Canada offers five options:
- Do not make any changes.
- Clarify and modernize existing requirements
- Introduce standards for manufacturers to follow
- Introduce standards to be followed by ship operators
- Introduce standards to be followed by ship manufacturers and operators
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Transport Canada says it is accepting public comments until May 13.
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To date, 143 responses have been submitted.
Responses range from “leave as is” and “make no changes” to “absolutely changes are needed” and “changes are needed”. Noise can be very disruptive in small lakes when the noise reverberates over the mountains.
To join the discussion, visit the Let’s Talk Transportation website.
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