ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Having a car with a loud muffler or exhaust system can cost car owners up to $ 1,000 in fines.
A new law raised fines for shops and car owners who illegally alter exhaust systems.
The new fine represents an increase of 850 USD compared to the previous maximum fine of 150 USD and seeks to act as a deterrent against the installation of loud exhaust systems or silencers. It was signed by Governor Kathy Hochul on Friday morning.
“Every New Yorker deserves to feel safe and comfortable in their community, and that includes cracking down on overly noisy vehicles on our streets,” Governor Hochul said. “This legislation prevents motorists from installing illegal vehicle equipment that results in hazardous noise levels that can contribute to hearing loss and increased emissions.”
Motorcycles are also covered by the law and will have to be inspected for illegal emissions. Repair shops that are caught in installing illegal exhaust three times in 18 months may lose their inspection certificate, completely depriving them of their ability to carry out inspections.
“This is a matter of quality of life and public safety that plagues our society for no logical reason other than to make noise. Now that the SLEEP Act has been signed into law, we can remove these loud and polluting vehicles from our streets once and for all. all, ”said Senator Andrew Gounardes in the down state.
“My constituents have demanded action ever since we saw – and certainly heard – drivers alter their silencers illegally and disrupt our quality of life and frankly intimidate people. It is our hope that this new law will bring some peace and quiet back to our quarter of an evening, ”added New York City Councilor Justin Brannan.
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