State Government officials and police conducted a big operation in Coffs Harbour.
State Government officials and police conducted a big operation in Coffs Harbour. Frank Redward

Noisy cars blitz ongoing

A HIGHLY successful police blitz targeting noisy cars in Coffs Harbour will be ongoing.

Highway patrol police and Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water officials worked from 2pm until midnight on Saturday to detect vehicles with non-standard devices such as modified exhaust systems and air filters.

Cars with defects were also identified.

Of the 24 vehicles which were inspected and tested with noise-testing equipment and checked for other devices, as many as 20 were found to be defective and their owners were issued with notices.

Most will be issued with penalty notices from the department, with hefty fines for excessive noise.

“Over the last few years we have found a problem with vehicles which have been modified with non-standard equipment,” said Senior Constable Wally Brooks.

“The department has identified a problem in some rural areas and as a result has opened a noise test facility in the area.

“With the rain we had (on Saturday night), we believe we have only found the tip of the iceberg.

“It’s this reason why highway patrol will target these vehicles and with the opening of the test facility, we will issue notices on behalf of the department.”

Cnst Brooks said anyone with concerns about their vehicle’s noise emissions should seek advice from an expert.

Also during the blitz, police issued 10 fines for speeding, 19 infringement notices for other offences and three other defect notices.



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