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Gov. Hochul signs law to address NYC noise pollution; Car and motorcycle owners could face $500 fine

Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Bath Beach Friday morning to address noise pollution throughout the city.

News 12 Staff

Oct 29, 2021, 9:51 AM

Updated 992 days ago

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Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Bath Beach Friday morning to address noise pollution throughout the city.
Gov. Hochul signed the SLEEP Act, which stands for Stop the Loud Excessive and Exhaust Pollution. 
Repair shops will no longer be able to sell, offer, or install any muffler or exhaust system that increases noise.
Inspection stations that violate these guidelines will have their license suspended on their third offence, and face a $1,000 fine.
Car and motorcycle owners with loud engines will face $500 fines.
The Bath Beach neighborhood has been kept awake by its fair share of loud music or drag racing, with the city receiving countless noise complaints from people just looking for a good night's rest.
The city's 311 service complaint map shows over 100 complaints being made throughout the city within just the last 24 hours, according to publicly available data.
The highest amount of complaints in Brooklyn are currently in Windsor Terrace, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Bay Ridge, and Flatbush.
In the Bronx, Morrisania, Highbridge, and Pelham Gardens.
Earlier this month, News 12 spoke to residents in Throgs Neck who detailed concerns over constant loud music being played in the area. According to 311 data at the time, there had been around 2,000 noise complaints filed in the area since June.
This comes days after Hochul signed a bill requiring the New York City Transit Authority to submit annual noise reports, and to detail its efforts to reduce noise throughout the subway system - such as train car screeching, rail clanking, and grease pumps.
To file a noise complaint with the city, you can either call 311 or head to the online 311 portal.


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