Right on Jake. Many bikers routinely violate federal and state noise laws and then wonder why so many folks want to curtail their illegal behavior. Although most of us support efforts to raise money for good causes, we also believe that it should be done in a dignified, respectful manner which is something that loud bikers seem to not understand.
Thank you Mr. Moredock for an excellent commentary on the motorcycle noise pollution situation. It's interesting to see how these law breakers are offended when you point out how unacceptable their loud exhausts are. Since 1983, all new motorcycles sold in the United States are required to have an Environmental Protection Agency noise compliance label attached to the chassis at the factory and a matching label engraved on the muffler. It's a violation of federal law to install a muffler lacking the EPA label or to modify the muffler to make more noise. New York City is considering enacting a motorcycle ordinance based on the EPA label system. This will enable employees who enforce the parking rules to issue a ticket for any parked motorcycle that lacks the label. It would be great if all states and cities enacted a motorcycle noise law based on the EPA label system. A fine of $250 and forfeiture of the illegal pipes would be a reasonable punishment for the first offense. The second offense should be a $500 fine, forfeiture of the illegal pipes and impoundment of the vehicle until the fine is paid. The third offense should be a $1,000 fine and forfeiture of the bike. I believe that these step would result in a much needed improvement in the quality of life all across the United States.
In truth, we already have a federal law that limits motorcycle exhaust noise to 80 decibels. Beginning in 1983, all new motorcycles sold in the United States must have an Environmental Protection Agency noise compliance label attached to the chassis at the factory and a matching label engraved on the muffler. If the muffler lacks the label or has been modified to produce more noise than the original, that's a violation of federal law. Last summer, Denver enacted a motorcycle noise ordinance based on the EPA label system. If an officer hears a loud bike, the bike is pulled over and the usual check for a driver's license, registration, inspection sticker and insurance are done. Also, the officer inspects the muffler for the compliance label. If the label is missing that's the violation. The biker has two weeks to install a compliant muffler or pay a $250 fine. Unfortunately, a biker who felt that his right to blast others with his needless noise was a constitutional right, so the court will rule on the constitutionality of the ordinance.
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