Speedway ruling precedent?

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Speedway ruling precedent?

Postby See23 » Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:11 pm

http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-st ... htm#164525

How will this effect us?!?
80 decibels at Motoplex Speedway means, at 92 decibels, autocross is doomed in Vernon. :evil:
Kicked out of the club for speaking out. Fair?

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Re: Speedway ruling precedent?

Postby Brain » Fri Apr 29, 2016 7:25 pm

Here's the link to the original article
http://www.castanet.net/news/Vernon/164 ... -for-noise

Here's the link to the the actual judgement
http://www.courts.gov.bc.ca/jdb-txt/sc/ ... SC0721.htm

The whole think is simply unbelievable. So much so that you have to wonder who's friends with the judge? It really seems like something is a little fishy.

A couple of random observations...

- Lawrence Heights was there before the racetrack (barely), but at a glance there only seems to be one person named in the lawsuit who has lived there that long. The rest moved in knowing full well that there was a racetrack there.

- In 2014 they held 2 races and in 2015 3 races. Seriously - 5 races in 2 years = over $100,000?

- I used to live on Head of the Lake Rd. Probably about 3 km away as the crow flies. The noise where I lived was not annoying in the least. Couldn't even hear it in the house. Outside you could hear it, but barely - I would estimate it to be about the same as a lawnmower a block away. You hear it, but it's really not annoying.

And the part nobody cares about....

Sounds like the owner got some seriously bad advice by putting the racetrack into his main business. For liability reasons the racetrack should have been a stand alone business and a separate business should have held the property. This would have given him the option to bankrupt the racetrack business and not pay the fine. He would have still owned the land and buildings and it wouldn't have impacted his main business. Basically he could have walked away laughing. Now he's going to have to appeal or pay the money.....not a nice situation....

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Re: Speedway ruling precedent?

Postby SteveW » Mon May 02, 2016 1:14 pm

It sounds like the 80 decibels refers to a reading about 300 meters or so from the track... still unrealistic with 20 something cars racing around a track at a time.

The sound limit for Vernon location is 92db and is this the same for the Kelowna College location? I think we need to be very cautious about our keeping cars under the noise limit.