ALBANY – Are loud cars and motorcycles keeping you up at night? Well, a new law in New York is designed to turn down the volume.
The Stop Loud and Excessive Exhaust Pollution, better known as the SLEEP Act, passed both houses of the Legislature.
The act specifically bans selling or installing devices that increase the sound of a muffler on a motor vehicle or motorcycle. It would also increase fines for such modifications from $150 to $1,000 if signed by admitted car enthusiast Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has not yet signaled whether he will sign the bill.
Motorcyclists or drivers who are caught operating an altered vehicle could also face a $500 fine. The bill also requires the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to deny or revoke vehicle inspection licenses to businesses that violate muffler regulations more than twice—or willfully—within 18 months.