Extremely noisy cars are forced off New York roads
A new law will force anyone with a noisy car to think twice before hitting the road through New York State.
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Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday signed a law that increases penalties against motorists and repair shops who illegally modify mufflers and exhaust systems to make them excessively noisy.
Hochul believes these loud mufflers are associated with aggressive driving which is detrimental to the health, safety and comfort of the community.
The bill increases fines and penalties and creates stricter regulations on vehicle equipment.
The maximum fines for installing illegal equipment will be increased to $ 1,000, an increase of $ 850. Inspection stations will also be required to inspect motorcycles to ensure that mufflers and exhausts have not been unlawfully altered.
Every New Yorker deserves to feel safe and comfortable in their community, and that includes cracking down on excessively loud vehicles on our streets.
With a growing number of drivers making muffler and exhaust system modifications that increase noise and pollution levels, this legislation will protect both public health and the environment, officials say.
This legislation not only creates a deterrent for vehicle owners to make these changes with the newly increased fines, but it also deters repair shop owners from making these changes.
If repair shop owners willfully break this legislation and install illegal vehicle equipment three times in 18 months, they risk losing their inspection stations certificate and operating certificate, officials said.
These measures will help prevent dangerous noise levels that can damage the hearing of passers-by, as well as reduce the harmful emissions emitted.
Senator Andrew Gounardes said:
Today, residents across the state can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they won’t be kept up at night by overly loud mufflers and exhaust systems. This is a quality of life and public safety issue that plagues our community for no other logical reason than to just make noise. Now that the SLEEP law has been enacted, we can get these noisy and polluting vehicles off our streets once and for all. I am grateful to Governor Hochul for signing this bill so that we can hold people accountable for their disruptive behavior.
Assembly member William Magnarelli added:
Across New York City, many communities and neighborhoods are disrupted by motorists and motorcyclists driving illegally loud vehicles, often late at night. This bill seeks to crack down on the problem by attacking repair and installation shops that illegally modify the exhaust systems of cars, trucks and motorcycles. In addition, the increase in fines will have a deterrent effect.
City Councilor Justin Brannan said:
I would like to thank Governor Hochul for signing this bill. My constituents have been calling for action ever since we have seen – and certainly heard – drivers illegally altering their silencers and disrupting our quality of life and, quite frankly, scaring people! We hope this new law will bring some peace and quiet to our neighborhoods at night.
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