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Canberra roads chocker block full of noisy vehicles

By TenPro 9 March 2010 59

Dear Canberra Residents

Canberra roads are chocker block full of noisy vehicles. If you agree and like me want to do something about this then it would be great if you could comment on this issue here. If I perceive that there is sufficient interest then I will set up a group of interested people with the intent of doing whatever is possible to reduce this problem in Canberra.

In the past I have lodged complaints about noisy motor vehicles with ACT Government agencies on several occasions to no effect. On more than one occasion I lodged a complaint with the Chief Minister. As a result it is clear to me that the ACT Government has no interest in this most important issue.

Unnecessary noise in our community has a grossly negative effect on our community in many ways including the following:

  • It is impossible for many people to relax and feel comfortable in their own homes.
  • It is impossible for many people to sleep well.
  • As a result over a period of time stress levels for many people go up and sleep deprivation worsens.
  • As a result the ability of many people to perform their duties as employees, employers, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters etc. is significantly reduced.

The cost to the community is great in many ways including:

  • Increased health issues.
  • Reduced productivity at work.
  • Reduced ability to perform family responsibilities.
  • Reduced ability to perform community responsibilities.

Our roads are chocker block full of noisy motor vehicles due to a lack of interest in this issue by the ACT Government. Either the relevant legislation is inadequate or it is not being enforced properly.

If you agree with me and would like to do something about this issue then I encourage you to make your position known and comment here.

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el 10:20 am 24 Mar 10

Quiet and free-flowing aren’t mutually exclusive.

Then again, on a rotary the noise is appalling regardless 🙂

CoffinRX2 5:46 pm 23 Mar 10

DavoDavo said :

ChrisinTurner said :

Deliberately making your vehicle louder is anti-social and indicates other more deep-seated problems.quote]

Yep, all it does is shout out “Look at me, I’m a wanker!”

I have ridden motorcycles for years, never had a problem with any factory fitted exhaust being too quiet, it’s all about riding (and driving) defensively. Having a loud exhaust ‘so car drivers will know I’m there’ is crap.

Why don’t the cops crack down on those annoying buggers? They obviously fit loud zorsts very deliberately.

As for the ‘Ooo, I’ve got a performance car so I need a free-flowing zorst and it’s bound to be noisy’ argument. Bollocks! I got a free flowing zorst fitted to my turbo car, it improved performance and was quiet.

Ok, so you have a track car that you drive on the street, fit a quick change-over system so that you can make all the noise you like on the track, but then switch back to a socially acceptable zorst for round town. Not hard to do.

Why spend 2x amounts on 2x different exhausts? My “loud” car doesnt get driven on the street very often, so I’ll be fucked if I’m going to change the exhaust over everytime I want to take it to the track/street? …. I’m sure there are more issues out there for people to worry about than loud exhausts!

As for your turbo exhaust, it may be quiet, but if you were to have a more free flowing system you would get more performance. …. Mine is on a rotary, they require minimal back pressure to be the most effective.

DavoDavo 1:57 pm 23 Mar 10

ChrisinTurner said :

Deliberately making your vehicle louder is anti-social and indicates other more deep-seated problems.quote]

Yep, all it does is shout out “Look at me, I’m a wanker!”

I have ridden motorcycles for years, never had a problem with any factory fitted exhaust being too quiet, it’s all about riding (and driving) defensively. Having a loud exhaust ‘so car drivers will know I’m there’ is crap.

Why don’t the cops crack down on those annoying buggers? They obviously fit loud zorsts very deliberately.

As for the ‘Ooo, I’ve got a performance car so I need a free-flowing zorst and it’s bound to be noisy’ argument. Bollocks! I got a free flowing zorst fitted to my turbo car, it improved performance and was quiet.

Ok, so you have a track car that you drive on the street, fit a quick change-over system so that you can make all the noise you like on the track, but then switch back to a socially acceptable zorst for round town. Not hard to do.

ChrisinTurner 8:54 am 23 Mar 10

Deliberately making your vehicle louder is anti-social and indicates other more deep-seated problems.

It is interesting that they often live in suburbs on the outskirts of the city to be in a ‘quiet’ neighbourhood.

ozmreeee 8:45 am 23 Mar 10

Used to have a neighbour who would idle his Hog for 5 minutes every morning at 5am before heading off to work. Then the b*st*rd moved – unlike when he lived there I couldn’t get back to sleep when I woke at 5am – too bl**dy quiet.

The guy was meticulous about maintaining his bike and even though I don’t understand squat about things mechanical I could see he was serious about making sure his ‘noisy’ beast was in perfect conditon.

Loud and/or hotted-up cars are generally well maintained – unless it’s a hole in the exhaust.

My gripe is with clapped out bogan mobiles heading up the Parkway at their max speed of 80kph with, at best, one brake light and spewing all kinds off sh*t into the air

CoffinRX2 11:32 pm 22 Mar 10

c` said :

CoffinRX2: is a free flowing exhaust required to negotiated the twists and turns of suburbia?

No, but its not my daily drive car, and may only use it once a week, or take it to car shows, hillclimbs, wakefield etc

c` 11:18 pm 22 Mar 10

el: ride like you’re invisible. It’s so simple. I’m still here. It doesn’t prove a negative but I have run stock motorcycles the whole time I’ve ridden the things and I’m still here to tell the tale. A five second exhaust blast at certain times of the day might be OK, even pleasurable for some, but put that at 2 in the morning and the story is quite different.

CoffinRX2: is a free flowing exhaust required to negotiated the twists and turns of suburbia?

I guess we may be two sides of the coin. I choose to do the most I can reasonably do to avoid interfering with others’ enjoyment of this place. You position may be a little looser. My kids don’t carry on in public and my dog doesn’t bark. You can share it all but it does take a touch of compromise.

SolarPowered 10:26 pm 21 Mar 10

Personally I don’t have a problem with noise where we live. But I can understand that it would get to you after a while.

I think the new road surface that they are laying makes matters worse. It is appearing all over the place. It is noisy to drive on, it mustn’t be nice for nearby residents.

Well done on trying to do something. Ignore all the nay-sayers.

westyonline 8:55 pm 21 Mar 10

if you want to live in a society,you have to put up with all its Pros and Cons…Yould could always move to the moon,afterall..”In Space No-One Can Hear You Whinge!”

CoffinRX2 6:15 pm 21 Mar 10

c` said :

CoffinRX2 said :

Prospector said :

I sympathise with you on this. In general, I’ve found roads in comparable European and British cities seem a good deal quieter than those around Canberra.

Charges for road use in Australia are far too low (including fuel taxes) – this facilitates anti-social behaviour on our roads, including hooning around in noisy vehicles.

Yes, there may be many other more pressing issues about, but that doesn’t mean we can’t address these kinds of ‘quality of life’ issues as well.

Care to enlighten me on the following? “charges for road use in Australia are far too low – this facilitates anti-social behaviour on our roads”

Etc. I think a good default position is that as a member of a society you are free to do whatever you want as long as it doesn’t affect the enjoyment of said society by others.

I don’t understand myself the need for loud cars and the ‘loud zorsts make me more noticable’ argument doesn’t do much for me. Not saying that’s the only point of view but I would suspect I’m not in the minority in saying so.

Then maybe people should keep their screaming kids up, or their noisy barking dogs … I bet there are more of those per capita than noisy cars!

I dont have a loud exhaust just so people hear me, but it is good that people can. … I choose to modify my car (which gets taken to the track) and to get the most out of it, a free flowing exhaust is required

el 12:40 pm 21 Mar 10

c` said :

[…]the ‘loud zorsts make me more noticable’ argument doesn’t do much for me. Not saying that’s the only point of view but I would suspect I’m not in the minority in saying so.

That’s fair enough I spose.

Be prepared for those of us that have lost friends/family members in motorcycle accidents due to inattentive car drivers to have a different point of view.

Those that are so disturbed by vehicle noise should probably look at moving to a small hick town like Braidwood where their delicate eardrums can be better buffered from such quality-of-life-destroying noise as a motorcycle exhaust for 5 seconds as it passes by. Otherwise, I’m afraid their argument about it being a quality of life issue (while choosing to live in a CITY) ‘doesn’t do much for me’ either.

c` 9:00 am 21 Mar 10

CoffinRX2 said :

Prospector said :

I sympathise with you on this. In general, I’ve found roads in comparable European and British cities seem a good deal quieter than those around Canberra.

Charges for road use in Australia are far too low (including fuel taxes) – this facilitates anti-social behaviour on our roads, including hooning around in noisy vehicles.

Yes, there may be many other more pressing issues about, but that doesn’t mean we can’t address these kinds of ‘quality of life’ issues as well.

Care to enlighten me on the following? “charges for road use in Australia are far too low – this facilitates anti-social behaviour on our roads”

Etc. I think a good default position is that as a member of a society you are free to do whatever you want as long as it doesn’t affect the enjoyment of said society by others.

I don’t understand myself the need for loud cars and the ‘loud zorsts make me more noticable’ argument doesn’t do much for me. Not saying that’s the only point of view but I would suspect I’m not in the minority in saying so.

CoffinRX2 4:30 pm 13 Mar 10

Prospector said :

I sympathise with you on this. In general, I’ve found roads in comparable European and British cities seem a good deal quieter than those around Canberra.

Charges for road use in Australia are far too low (including fuel taxes) – this facilitates anti-social behaviour on our roads, including hooning around in noisy vehicles.

Yes, there may be many other more pressing issues about, but that doesn’t mean we can’t address these kinds of ‘quality of life’ issues as well.

Care to enlighten me on the following? “charges for road use in Australia are far too low – this facilitates anti-social behaviour on our roads”

Prospector 2:15 pm 13 Mar 10

I sympathise with you on this. In general, I’ve found roads in comparable European and British cities seem a good deal quieter than those around Canberra.

Charges for road use in Australia are far too low (including fuel taxes) – this facilitates anti-social behaviour on our roads, including hooning around in noisy vehicles.

Yes, there may be many other more pressing issues about, but that doesn’t mean we can’t address these kinds of ‘quality of life’ issues as well.

DavoDavo 2:11 pm 12 Mar 10

Mathman said :

Totally agree with you, Tenpro. I’d also like to add the problem of loudly coloured vehicles. Canberra is chocked full of cars painted in all type of loud colours such as ‘Lightning Strike’, ‘Vixen’, ‘Thunder’, ‘Atomic’ and ‘Wildfire’. Just their names cause my eyeballs to reverberate. All of these noisy colours make the traffic look untidy and contribute to visual pollution. What is wrong with a nice cream or beige?

The ACT Government totally ignores this problem and doesn’t even have an agency to complain to. I tried lodging a complaint with artsACT but they didn’t even have a complaints form – in any case they don’t have much concern for visual amenity.

Unnecessary colour also has a grossly negative effect on our community in many ways including the following:

* It is impossible for many people to relax and watch the traffic go by without being visually assaulted
* Mental stress cause by clashing colour combinations in car parks – ‘red and green should never be seen’ applies to cars too you know
* Excess water usage from washing cars because their colour shows up the dust
* Reduced effectiveness of fire engines because they are no longer a distinctive colour
* Increased danger to cyclists because their lycra no longer stands out as they weave through traffic
* Increased speeding as hoons drive loud coloured cars because they know they go faster

Our roads are chocker block full of loudly coloured motor vehicles due to a lack of interest in this issue by the ACT Government. Either the relevant legislation is inadequate or it is not being enforced properly.

I too would like to set up a group of interested people with the intent of doing whatever is possible to reduce the problem of too much colour in Canberra.

ROTFLMAO!

James-T-Kirk 2:07 pm 12 Mar 10

“As a result the ability of many people to perform their duties as employees, employers, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters etc. is significantly reduced.”

If any husbands are unable to perform their duties, I am more than happy to FulFILL their obligations.

James-T-Kirk 1:44 pm 12 Mar 10

Jim Jones said :

James-T-Kirk said :

THUD THUD THUD

SORRY I CAN’T HEAR YOU –

JUST LET ME TURN DOWN THE VOLUME ON MY AWESOME CAR STEREO….

🙂

Why is it that people spend thousands of dollars on car stereos in order to listen to a single repeated bass note?

That sir, is an interesting question – for me, it is actually about feeling the bass, people outside the car can only hear the thud, so they have no clue

CoffinRX2 12:53 pm 12 Mar 10

Jim Jones said :

James-T-Kirk said :

THUD THUD THUD

SORRY I CAN’T HEAR YOU –

JUST LET ME TURN DOWN THE VOLUME ON MY AWESOME CAR STEREO….

🙂

Why is it that people spend thousands of dollars on car stereos in order to listen to a single repeated bass note?

Probably the same reason people jump on RA and whinge bitch and moan about loud cars …. its something they take pleasure in

Thumper 12:00 pm 12 Mar 10

That’s it, i’m going home to whack the shotgun pipes on bike…

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