Are there no regulations now on the noise that vehicles (cars) are
allowed to make? Deliberate noise from their exhausts, deliberate
noises as they change gear, noise from stereos. There seem to be no
limits as to what they can get away with, to be noticed..
Yup, £100 fine and 3 points if deemed a distraction to the driver and
if parked up comes under 'noise abatement' (difficult to pin down if
not regular / persistent).
I guess that's what you get when you are spending ~£1M a day on the
Brexit farce and could be ... 'giving it to the Police instead'?
As a lad I modified a moped by taking the baffle tube out of the
exhaust and that lasted a day. I screwed the performance and made the
ride unbearable. When I built the kitcar I fitted the factory supplied
ss exhaust and again, that lasted a fortnight before replacing that
with a stock (and much quieter, ss) stock Ford Escort system.
When our daughter bought her s/h Suzuki Bandit 600 a while back she
bought the baffle that she found was missing (had been taken out by
the p/o) to make the bike quieter.
Our local bike shop hate bikers who go past 'showing off' their loud
exhausts as it causes them all sorts of issues from the neighbours,
Police and Local Council.
Cheers, T i m
p.s. I used to work with a lad who had replaced the stock (and
perfectly matched, legally quiet) exhaust on his bike for some generic
aftermarket thing that was a lot louder. Luckily he had the exhaust
nicked, so he put the stock exhaust back on and admitted it was a
better (quieter) and smoother (better matched, smoother power
Police can issue a notice under section 59 of Police Reform Act 2002 if
a vehicle is being used in a manner which causes, or is likely to cause
alarm, distress or annoyance to members of the public.
If they get two such notices in 12 months, the car will be seized.
I think it's a shame in a way that many 'kids' seem to have lost (or
never gained) the skills or interest to *actually* mod their own
vehicles, like we (well, 'they' ) used to do in the old days.
By that I mean fitting a Escort 5sp gearbox in a 1300 Mk2 Fiesta, that
meant working on the engine bay bodywork to get it to fit (amongst
other things). The same guy took the engine out, had it Blueprinted
and Tuftrided(sp?) and we put it all back together again, with a mild
street cam and they thing flew (quietly). Or, if driven gently would
give better MPG.
Now it just seems they bolt on a few brightly coloured bits or chop
the springs (without doing anything with the suspension geometry),
de-tag it and fit a loud stereo (all without notifying their Insurance
Co no doubt). ;-(
Cheers, T i m
 If I buy / get a second hand vehicle that has been tampered with I
like to put it back to stock wherever possible / practical /
affordable. Nothing more comforting that being able to answer the 'Has
this vehicle be modified' with a tick in the 'No' box and not have to
watch the premium ramp up. ;-(
Having had an EV for 30+ years now (so well before they were 'trendy'
/ common) I'm very familiar with the issue of people walking out in
front of me. But as a cyclist I'm used to that anyway so am ready for
it, more so than when driving an IC car or motorbike anyway.
Milk floats already had such an 'added noise', the sound of milk
bottles clanking about. ;-)
Cheers, T i m
No doubt the singing of the DC-to-AC converter would be fairly loud - as it
is on modern electric trains with motors under the floor where you hear a
gradually rising tone which switches back to lower frequency and rises
again - as different windings are gradually brought into play.
I was surprised how quite my dad's hybrid car was for the first few seconds
after setting off, before the engine had started to supplement the small
amount of energy stored in the battery.
Outside of any tyre noise and the sound of the contactors cutting in
and out, my EV really is silent.
You don't even seem to get any motor / transmission noise (being DC
In fact, for most new passengers the whole experience seems strange.
I turn the key and nothing appears to happen (it doesn't, it just puts
power to the contactor activation feeds).
Then I put my foot on the throttle, you get one 'clunk' as all 4
battery pairs are switched in parallel to the motor (so 12V x 800Ah)
and you pull away. A further depression of the accelerator, another
'clonk' as the motor is switched from series to parallel wound) and
you carry on accelerating. Then to 2 x 24V (series / parallel) and
finally 1 x 48 volt (series / parallel) and to about 30 mph.
When you let off the accelerator it comes to a slow halt and when you
actually stop, that's again when the passengers look uncomfortable /
confused as there is no 'tickover noise', just silence. The next hit
of the throttle often has them grabbing for something to hang on to
(especially if the roof is down and the sides off) as unlike an IC car
or even one with a speed controller, there is no warning of any sort
The next thing that throws them is the turning circle of a London
Taxi, again, especially when the roof and sides are off (I nearly lost
my boss that way). ;-(
It also makes for a handy high-power jump-start / booster-pack, as my
mate with a completely flat V8 Rover experienced after leaving the
interior light on all day / night. He said it had never started so
quickly, especially in the winter. ;-)
Servicing is bizarre ... check the battery levels, check the brake
fluid level, windscreen washer, tyre pressures and (4 x drum) brakes,
erm done. ;-)
No belts, no oil, no exhaust, no coolant, no plugs / points (at that
time) ... no TAX or MOT ... or range, speed or safety of course, but
as for the last two, if I wasn't in that I might be on a motorbike.
Cheers, T i m
Could that be because she is used to traffic driving on the
right and looked the wrong way?
As the article says she was chuckling while she was being
traeated, is it possible that she was laughing at her own
Quite likely ,
but the Trolleybuses were known as the silent killers or the silent death
in some of the towns they operated, a moniker they may have acquired as
they were very much quieter than the worn out Edwardian trams they replaced
that were fairly noisy . The IC engines of the 1930’s when that took place
were fairly noisy and there was still heck a lot of horse drawn stuff
around and shod hooves on a metalled road are also fairly audible.
The quietness of the trolleys came as a surprise to many and for some
Oh and very few trolleybuses after the initial experimental ones had
trolley wheels like trams did,
They had skates fitted with carbon inserts so were quieter than
Or the accent of the Glasgow Nurses, she probably hadn’t a clue what they
were saying .
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