Eastvale – Last month, the City of Eastvale City Council voted to adopt an Engine-Braking Prohibition Ordinance to reduce noise disturbance in Eastvale. “The Ordinance prohibits the use of any engine retarding brake systems designed to support the deceleration or braking of any vehicle that results in excessive, loud, unusual, or explosive noises. It also states that the prohibition of engine-braking would apply to designated truck routes in Eastvale,” stated the City.
The ordinance began on Dec. 9. From this date forward, “the use of any engine retarding brake systems designed to support the deceleration or braking of any vehicle that results in excessive, loud, unusual, or explosive noises along Eastvale’s truck routes (except in case of emergencies) shall be prohibited,” stated the City.
Specific diesel engine retarders were originally designed to “utilize a vehicle’s engine to aid in the slowing and controlling of a vehicle,” stated a news release. “When activated, the engine brake alters the operation of the engine’s exhaust valves. This use of engine-braking in vehicles causes significant noises from the compression release. Many compare these noises to sounds generated by jackhammers and lawnmowers.”
The news release continues: “While engine-braking offers drivers more control over vehicle movements and relief to service brakes, the noise generated is described as loud, unusual, disruptive, and explosive by nearby individuals. Such noises can be irritating and impact the surrounding communities’ quality of life.”
Illegal engine-braking activities can be reported to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office at (951) 776-1099. To view a map of the designated truck routes in the City and to learn more about this ordinance, please visit eastvalca.gov under the “Community” tab.