Devices that modify exhausts on cars and motorcycles would be banned in New York and penalties for using them would be boosted under a bill heading to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's desk.
State lawmakers this month approved the bill that cracks down on noisy motor vehicles that can be a nuisance for people trying to get a good night's rest.
“For as long as I have been in elected office, there have been complaints about excessive noise by cars," said Sen. Shelley Mayer, who sponsored the bill with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.
Both lawmakers share the city of Yonkers as their state Senate district.
"Excessive noise is not just an annoyance – it affects quality of life," Mayer said. "By banning noise amplifiers and allowing for the suspension of operating certificates of repair shops that install these devices, we will reduce the number of people being subjected to unnecessary noise.”
In addition to the ban on modified devices, fines and penalties for adding the modification to exhausts would also be increased. The bill would boost fines for muffler modifications from $150 to $1,000 for cars. For motorcycles, the maximum fine would increase to $500.
The bill also empowers the state Department of Motor Vehicles to deny or revoke the license of a vehicle inspection business after a third or "willful" violation of the regualtions within an 18-month period.
“We are taking action at the State level to ensure our roads are safe and to eliminate the nuisance of the noise," Stewart-Cousins said. "The SLEEP Act is a good step forward in partnership with our local officials and police to help reduce dangerous drag racing and the noise and pollution it causes."