Vallone Jr. was referencing a final bill hearing that intends to bring an unprecedented approach towards eradicating loud motorcycles in New York City. According to the NY Daily News, the proposal would require every single bike in the city to wear an Environmental Protection Agency sticker proving that the motorcycle complies with the established 80 decibel limit.
The bill, which is expected to pass on December 18th, calls for a first offense to carry a maximum $1,000 fine and temporary bike confiscation until the amount is paid. A second offense? A $2,500 maximum fine and permanent forfeiture of your ride... yep, you read correctly; the city could basically repossess your motorcycle-- even while it's parked-- if it doesn't wear the right sticker.
The AMA has posted a response which states "This is no way to operate in a democracy," adding that "The issue is that the New York City Council is unfairly singling out motorcyclists because motorcycles are the only vehicles covered under the bill." They also provide contact info for Speaker of City Council Christine Quinn, who is no doubt eager to hear from those of you with an opinion in the matter.
I've never personally been a fan of pipes so loud they're deafening, but the idea of requiring stickers based on a vague 80 decibel limit seems Draconian. Surely there's a halfway point where lawmakers and enthusiasts can meet, isn't there?
***UPDATE: Turns out the bill has been tabled for the time being... thanks to all who expressed their opinions to NYC officials!***
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