NYC considers anti-noise measure

Parked bikes could be ticketed for lacking EPA tags

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Dec. 12, 2008
Officials in New York City are considering a bill that would allow traffic agents to give parked motorcycles tickets for exceeding the city’s noise code.

The bill, which will be debated by city council Dec. 18, would require motorcycles to bear tags bearing Environmental Protection Agency approval certifying the bike would not exceed the city’s 80 dB noise limit.

Traffic police would then be allowed to issue tickets to bikes, even parked ones, lacking the EPA tag without having to prove that the bike exceeds the noise limit. A first offence carries a maximum $1,000 fine and temporary confiscation of the motorcycle until the penalty is paid. A second conviction imposes a maximum fine of $2,500 and permanent forfeiture of the bike.

“Today we go a long way toward taking the squeal out of the hogs,” Public Safety Committee chair Peter Vallone Jr. told the New York Daily News.

The bill is based on legislation passed in Denver, Colo. in 2007 requiring motorcycles made after 1982 to carry EPA compliance tags for the city’s 82 dB noise limit.