New York will now fine you $ 1,000 for a noisy aftermarket exhaust
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has just signed a new bill that will raise fines for exhaust noise violations in the state from $ 150 to $ 1,000. The bill is called SLEEP and, because all lawmakers inherently love a good acronym, it stands for “Stop Loud and Excessive Exhaust Pollution”.
According to SEMA Catalog of Exhaust Noise Laws, it is the most severe legally codified fine for an exhaust noise violation in any state. The fine doubles the nearest fine, $ 500 per offense in the state of Colorado.
It’s a confusing direction, a decision that comes a year and a half after California chose to go in the opposite direction and dramatically decrease the state’s ability to issue tickets for exhaust noise. Even before reverting to a “Fix-it” ticketing system, the California system still only resulted in fines of less than $ 200.
New York is moving in that direction in part because of concerns about the noise created by illegal drag racing across the state. The New York Times pointed out this culture of drag racing in October of last year, suggesting that the trend had increased significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More extreme actions to reduce drag racing noise have also been proposed; Gothamist Reports that a state senator proposed nighttime radars placed wherever street racing is supposed to take place. Another lawmaker has proposed noise detection tools to identify and track noisy cars as they pass.
The bill also includes a provision allowing stores to install these parts, resulting in the state withdrawing a store’s license to operate if it is caught installing overly loud mufflers at three. times.
Going through Gothamist
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