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Noise Code Penalty Schedule

Rule status: Proposed

Agency: DEP

Comment by date: September 29, 2021

Rule Full Text

The Department of Environmental Protection is proposing to promulgate a rule to amend the Noise Code Penalty Schedule to add penalties for excessive noise from motor vehicles.

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Online comments: 2

  • Eric E

    DEP should simultaneously greatly increase the penalty schedule for air code violations (including at least idling under 24-163), for at least first and second violations, consistent with the intent of Community Board demands such as the letter at

    Comment added September 7, 2021 8:10pm
  • Mark G

    Agreed. There have been an influx of vanity vehicles on the high end as well as “beater cars” that have modified their muffler to make more noise, rather than less. It extends from 4-wheel to 3- and 2-wheel motor vehicles. If able to make a distinction between the kind of noise needed to keep a motorbike running, versus excessive high RPM revving that causes a high-pitched, chain-saw type noise, these sounds echo and amplify 30, 40, 50 stories up along 42nd Street, and the noise-proud vehicles often circulate numerous times, turning neighborhoods into a raceway circuit. There is similarly an increase in cars that have x00 watt large speakers, like at nightclubs, sitting in the passenger seat. Funding enforcement and sound-activiated cameras will help make the proposed rule more helpful.

    Comment added September 17, 2021 7:49pm

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