A new bill expected to be introduced Thursday at the City Council would jack up fines for motorists responsible for excessive honking, loud exhausts and using “illegal sound-producing devices.”
The new legislation, which is sponsored by Councilman Eric Bottcher (D-Manhattan), would double fines for such violations, potentially raising the penalties from a maximum fine of $3,000 to $6,000.
“Every New Yorker knows how it feels to be woken up in the middle of the night by an obnoxiously loud vehicle,” said Bottcher, who represents the West Village and Chelsea. “These vehicles and drivers aren’t just rude and inconsiderate, they’re actually harming people’s physical and mental health.”
Under his bill, drivers whose exhaust noise can be heard at 150 feet away or more would be subject to fines of up to $1,050 for a first-time violation — up from $525. Third-time violations for such offenses would jump from a maximum of $1,575 to $3,150.
Drivers with a tendency to haul off on their horns when there’s no visible sign of danger would be subject to fines of up to $2,000 for first time violations — up from $1,000 — and $6,000 fines for third-time infractions, double the $3,000 fine already in place.
Fines for using air horns or other after-market sound devices installed on a vehicle would jump from as much as $2,625 to $3,950.
According to a statement released by Bottcher to the Daily News, Council members Linda Lee (D-Queens), Sandra Ung (D-Queens) and Justin Brannan (D-Brooklyn) are also backing the legislation.
The bill is coming less than a year after Gov. Hochul signed off on the SLEEP Act, which raised penalties for any illegal modifications leading to noisier mufflers and exhaust systems.