STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK – State legislators have heard New Yorkers’ complaints and passed legislation that recently went into effect and increases penalties for drivers with illegal modifications to cars that are a nuisance.
Ear splitting noise caused by silencers and illegally modified exhaust systems is an ongoing problem in multiple neighborhoods on Staten Island, especially near major roads, such as Hailey Avenue and Richmond Avenue.
In October, Gov. Kathy Hochul, who signed a bill, announced a bill that would increase penalties for drivers and repair shops that illegally change silencers and exhaust systems to split ear levels.
The law went into effect on Friday, April 1st.
The maximum fine a repair shop can receive for installing simulated and noisy exhaust systems is $ 1,000 – a heavy increase from the previous $ 150 fine. If caught three times in 18 months, the repair shop may lose its test station certificate as well as its operating certificate.
The legislation also adds a requirement for inspection stations to inspect motorcycles for mufflers and exhaust fittings that have been unlawfully modified.
A spokeswoman for the Motor Vehicle Department told Advance / SILive.com that there is some confusion regarding the new legislation; She said many people believe that the variables and escapes that have changed are becoming illegal only now – but they have been illegal since 1925.
To date, no sanctions have been imposed on DMV-supervised businesses, including inspection stations and car shops, under an amendment to this law.
New York Police Department, which is in charge of ticketing drivers, has launched an “aggressive campaign” targeting New York drivers with illegal modifications to cars, a DMV spokeswoman said.
New York State Police has released 87 summonses for equipment since April 1, but has not issued summonses for noise, according to online NYPD data.
“Every New Yorker deserves to feel safe and comfortable in his community, and that includes harming overly noisy vehicles on our streets. This legislation deters drivers from installing illegal vehicle equipment that causes dangerous noise levels that can contribute to hearing loss and increased emissions,” Hochol said.
State Sen. Andrew Govnards introduced the bill, known as the SLEEP Act, as well as one that has yet to pass that would bring noise cameras into the state.
“An increasing number of car and motorcycle enthusiasts are making changes to the exhaust and exhaust systems of vehicles, in order to increase the noise and pollution levels emitted. This trend leads to multiple noise complaints, especially from residents in areas where illegal drag racing takes place on the street,” Govnards wrote. In the sponsor’s memorandum to the bill.
The City’s Environmental Protection Department (DEP) has launched a pilot program that uses a combination of roadside sound meters and cameras to capture evidence of noisy vehicles violating city laws and city noise codes.
Sensors installed near the road are activated when the sounds exceed 85 decibels before a video of the vehicle emitting the noise. The DEP team then inspects the videos and can post notices to vehicle owners referring them to the DEP facility for inspection to make sure it complies with city and state laws. Penalties can range from $ 220 for a first offense to $ 2,265 for repeat offenders.
The law passed by Kochul does not include the use of sensors to detect offenses.
Because sound cameras operate under the city’s noise code, they do not require state legislation, unlike red-light cameras, for example, which issue summonses as moving or traffic offenses.
The DEP did not clarify where the program is currently operating, or how many violations it has issued.