Police target noisy vehicles

A CRACKDOWN is under way to catch motorists in the Coffs Clarence Command whose vehicles break noise emission laws.

An operation involving the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water and Coffs Clarence Highway Patrol centred on Grafton on Saturday night.

Vehicles suspected of emitting excessive noise or cars spotted with modified mufflers were tested.

Coffs Clarence Highway Patrol supervisor Sergeant Dave Vandergriend said drivers of vehicles that breached the law were issued penalty notices. “In total, 13 vehicles were inspected and 11 were found to be non-compliant after the department staff tested their vehicles using noise meters and other testing equipment,” he said.

A similar exercise will be staged on the Coffs Coast in coming weeks.

“If vehicles do not comply they are defected and the penalty notices issued by the department range from $150 to $500 depending on how excessive the noise emissions and the roadworthiness of the vehicle,” Sgt Vandergriend said.

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