Noisy Ute a costly Ute


A Wyndham Vale man will pay a hefty price for having a noisy Ute.

The man has been fined more than $700 after failing to prove to Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria that his Mitsubishi Ute is no longer a noisy vehicle.

He recently pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on a charge of failing to produce a certificate to show the car had passed a compliance test.

Police first reported the man’s Ute to EPA Victoria on March 10 last year, after hearing it on Cumming Drive, Hoppers Crossing.

EPA issued the man with a notice requiring him to have the car tested, make any necessary repairs, and produce a Certificate of Compliance by April 27, 2023.

When the case came to court almost a year later, on April 24, 2024, the man provided the certificate, but the magistrate still found the charge proven.

No conviction was recorded.

The man was fined $600 and ordered to pay $121 in court costs.