Citing "excessively loud" motorcycle-induced noise and the disruptive and hazardous conditions they create, City Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. placed himself squarely behind a council bill he described as "the toughest in the country to curb motorcycle noise" that would permit confiscation of a bike under certain conditions.
The bill, introduced by Councilmember Alan Gerson (D-Manhattan) and sponsored by Vallone, will impose stiff penalties on riders who attach "incredibly loud" exhaust systems to their bikes, known as "straight pipes", and permit confiscation under some conditions.
According to Vallone, the bill would make it illegal to park a motorcycle in New York City if it uses exhaust pipes without federally mandated sound dampening equipment. Currently, he said, EPA standards require motorcycle noises to remain under 80 decibels. Vehicles without the mandated sound dampening mufflers can reach up to 120 decibels.
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