Ignoring EPA lands two drivers in court

A Gladstone Park woman and a Thomastown man have each been ordered to pay $500 to the court fund after being reported for driving excessively noisy cars.

Police reported the woman to EPA Victoria, saying her Volkswagen was excessively noisy as it travelled along Fitzgerald Road, Sunshine West. EPA ordered her to have the vehicle tested and fixed if necessary, but she failed to comply by the deadline.

The woman pleaded guilty, the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court found the charge proven and ordered her to have the car tested. No conviction was recorded but the woman entered into an undertaking to be of good behaviour for three months.

The Thomastown man was charged after police reported his BMW was making excessive noise on Albert Road, Albert Park. He pleaded guilty to a charge of contravening a Vehicle Testing Notice from EPA. Again, the court found the charge proven, but did not record a conviction.

Anyone can report a noisy vehicle to Victoria Police, who then alert EPA. Thousands of vehicles are sent for testing every year.

EPA and Victoria Police also run joint operations from time to time, targeting noisy vehicles on major roads.

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