“Query a Cop” features readers’ questions fielded by Los Altos police officers.
Q: Aren’t there regulations concerning mufflers on motorcycles and toy Japanese minicars? There seem to be quite a few people running these vehicles apparently with fake decoy mufflers. While riding a bicycle on Foothill Expressway or El Monte Avenue between Foothill and Interstate 280, you could break an eardrum when these nitwits pass (more accurately accelerate) by. Perhaps we could boost Los Altos’ budget by fining these people. We can regulate leaf blowers; what happened to motor vehicles?