Police can now act on boats without muffler
GBA played a leadership role in convincing the federal government to amend the Small Vessel Regulations to mandate the use of mufflers on vessels within five miles of shore. The amendment came into effect in March 2003 and will be enforced by OPP Marine Units – as confirmed at our annual GBA/OPP Liaison Meeting with all marine detachments last February. While the majority of vessels operating now amazingly already have mufflers, those who don’t have mufflers or choose not to use them within five miles from shore can now be pursued and charged. GBA has two suggestions for our members who are being disturbed by noisy boats and potential offenders. 1. Flag down OPP vessels when you see them in your area and give them details of complaints about noisy vessels in your area. 2. Telephone the OPP detachment at the numbers listed on this page. These numbers are administrative numbers which operate Monday to Friday, but operators here have more time to take details on the vessel description, name of owner (if known), home marina (if known) and time and date of incident. Since this is not an “immediate danger” call and it’s unlikely that a vessel could respond immediately, this information will allow OPP to follow-up when in the area.
In summary, we need to start to document the number of noise incidents to use in our discussions with Canadian Coast Guard. We may need to encourage the use of more effective mufflers in the future.