Devon and Cornwall police recently bought seven decibel (dB) meters which they are using to measure the sound levels of vehicle exhausts.
They have already started issuing FPN’s and fines for ‘Overly Loud’ exhausts.
We had heard rumours of changes in DVLA procedure for reporting and dealing with display of non-compliant number plates, which meant de-registration of the vehicle for first offence if not dealt with promptly and without warning for a second offence.
The owner of the offending vehicle would receive a letter giving 28 days to have a set of complying plates fitted and a confirmation photo to be sent back. If this were not received within 28 days the vehicle would automatically be deregistered on the 29th day.
After the introduction of the new BIVA test at the end of April it had become obvious that issues were occurring with finished builds that didn’t comply with the new EC43 only glass specifications. Currently an amnesty, for a period of 12 months, been granted to allow current projects to be completed without the need for purchases of replacement glazing.