If you have loud pipes on your car or motorcycle, a new law in New York State might have you paying a lot more money if you get caught.

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In a press conference on the morning of Friday, October 29, 2021, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law that significantly increases the fines and penalties drives of cars and/or motorcycles that have loud muffles and exhaust systems. These new penalties and fines will also apply to repair shops that do the modifications.

Every New Yorker deserves to feel safe and comfortable in their community, and that includes cracking down on excessively noisy vehicles on our streets. This legislation deters drivers from installing illegal vehicle equipment that results in dangerous noise levels that can contribute to hearing loss and increased emissions.
-Kathy Hochul, Governor of New York State

The Sleep Act of 2021 was passed by the New York State Legislature in June 2021, NY Senate Bill S.784-B / NY Assembly Bill A.471, and
makes the following changes:

  • Increases the maximum fine for a modified exhaust from $150 to $1,000
  • Requires NY Auto Inspection Stations to check for modified exhaust systems
  • Repair shops who install more than 3 modified exhaust systems in an 18 month period may have their operating certificate suspended
  • Officials have said that this new law will go a long way to reducing aggressive driving and noise pollution.

    Considering I have a car that has been tuned and has a very nice sounding exhaust, I don't particularly agree with this law. We live in a noisy world and this feels just a little bit like government overreach to me.

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