Stop Unwanted "Illegal" Motor Vehicle Noise Pollution
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Stop unwanted illegal motor vehicle noise pollution, including those with illegal modified exhaust systems, loud stereos and "Jake Braking" heavy duty trucks, from vibrating and rattling through our neighborhoods, on our city streets, county roads and state highways.
Statewide, our communities are faced with multifaceted problems stemming from:
A. Motorcycles with installed aftermarket exhaust systems that don't meet The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) noise emissions.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets noise emissions standards for motorcycle exhaust systems. The standard for street-legal exhaust noise emissions is 80 dB(a). All motorcycles are required to display an EPA stamp on the chassis and exhaust system. The EPA label match-up is designed as a regulatory measure for states and municipalities to control motorcycle noise.
Riders can legally buy and install aftermarket exhaust systems; however, it is required to meet EPA noise emissions. Most aftermarket exhaust systems are not street-legal and are intended for off-road or professional track use only.
We must propose and enforce a Minnesota anti-tampering law where dealers should not sell non-certified exhaust systems or parts and then refer a customer to another shop for installation. Affix heavy penalties on dealers, owners and operators for noncompliance. A high percentage of motorcycles leave the dealerships with their exhaust modified to supposedly give it the distinct “Harley Sound.” This is where the problem begins and where it should end.
Aftermarket Installation shops should also be held accountable for anti-tampering and impose heavy penalties on them. This would eliminate many of the problems we are faced with today.
In reality the problem of noisy motorcycles is not solely due to lack of effective laws but rather the lack of enforcement. The readily visible EPA stamp on motorcycles certifying compliance is not being enforced by local, county or state law enforcement.
We MUST ban the sale of loud pipes, and heavily fine those who customize and refuse to obey.
Ignorance of the law is no excuse, especially if the law enforcement officials don't know the law. Please do not ignore our rights.
It's time for our law enforcement officials to be knowledgeable and enforce the law.
We must evaluate every law pertaining to motorcycle exhausts and determine how to rid the streets of the noisemakers. By inserting the phrase “factory installed or equivalent” in the law it would remedy the problem. All legal exhaust systems have an EPA tag on them that corresponds to the sticker on the frame of the motorcycle.
B. Automobiles and trucks (light and heavy duty) with excessive loud exhaust due to modified aftermarket exhaust systems, including faulty exhaust systems.
Local communities need to adapt and enforce their own ordinances that restrict sound levels on motor vehicles with loud exhaust systems. It is illegal to try and modify your existing muffler to make your car or truck louder.
Faulty exhausts greatly affect the amount of carbon emissions that your car pumps into the atmosphere...and into your lungs.
Faulty exhaust systems with excessive rust causing parts to hang dangerously low creates road hazards for other drivers.
Tailpipe Smashes Through Driver's Windshield in Eagan.
C. Compression release engine brake used primarily on semi-trailer tractors and heavy duty trucks to slow the vehicle, also known as “Jacobs Engine Brake” or "Jake Braking" is a problem that also needs to be enforced.
D. Loud music, impose a state law barring drivers from blaring their loud obnoxious boom boxes at a volume that is “plainly audible” to someone 25 feet away. Once enacted, enforce the statute.
It's time for our elected officials to protect our constitutional right of freedom from undesirable noise.
Please, do something about these infringements upon our rights, so we can keep our sanity.
We are frustrated and tired of hearing roaring exhaust systems that can be heard and felt over a wide distance, rattling windows and traveling through walls. Millions of people are adversely affected by motorcycle noise, excessive loud exhaust systems from all vehicles, heavy truck vibration and "Jake Braking".
Noise pollution is unwanted human-created sound that has the effect of being annoying, distracting, painful, or physically harmful. People exposed to noise pollution suffer from hearing loss, sleep deprivation, chronic fatigue, anxiety, hostility, depression and hypertension.
It should be considered that the citizens who prefer peace and quiet outnumber vehicle noise enthusiasts and motorcyclists who prefer noise, for whatever reason, and forcing noise upon a majority who find it undesirable is in fact a violation of their rights. That is how the US Constitution works. Your freedom and desire to make noise must not infringe upon the rights of others to be free of undesirable noise.
It is our right not to be bombarded by the noise of motorcycles that are 1 to 2 miles away while we are relaxing in our homes or in bed at night. Our families should not be forced to listen to illegal exhaust noise within our homes over conversations, television, and sleep.
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