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State Legislature Passes ‘SLEEP Act’ to Curb Souped-Up Vehicles

State lawmakers have passed legislation that aims to take souped-up vehicles off the streets  (Unsplash)

June 22, 2021 By Ryan Songalia

State lawmakers have taken a big step to rid the streets of souped-up vehicles that have been keeping residents awake at night.

A bill, called the Stop Loud and Excessive Exhaust Pollution (SLEEP) Act, passed both the Assembly and senate on June 10 and awaits the signature of the governor to become law.

The legislation would ban the installation and sale of devices that aim to make cars and motorbikes louder. Violators would be subject to a $1,000 fine.

In addition, drivers and motorcyclists found to be have a noise enhancing device would be subject to a $500 fine.

Vehicles that have noise enhancing devices would also not be allowed to pass state inspection.

Repair shops will also be penalized under the bill. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles will be required to deny or revoke shop licenses to business caught selling the noise-enhancing devices more than three times over an 18 month period.

“People are tired of the noise of soup-up cars,” said Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. “They are tired of the endless battle for sleep.”

The passage of the bill comes as Queens residents have complained about noise stemming from drag racing that has been taking place late at night.

The bill was co-sponsored in the state senate by Joseph Addabbo and John Liu, both from Queens.

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Euro

Just like an emissions test, every car should go through a noise test to be operable.

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FartCarsStink

We already have laws banning most of these cars, since they all remove the catalytic converter to make them louder. Doesn’t stop them. Why? Nobody enforces it. Just like nobody will be able to enforce this. How can you when an extra $50 at your buddy’s garage gets you an inspection sticker?

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young_man!

What about cars that are sold by manufacturers with exhaust bypass switches? Plenty of those are around for people who want the NASCAR sound

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Astorian

This is long overdue. Hoping the governor signs it as soon as possible and that it actually gets enforced. Most of the cars making noise are illegally modified and their driving is reckless and dangerous. I’ve never once seen NYPD pulling them over.

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Never Left Astoria

Finally…..now we need to do something about the music blasting on Sunday nights

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