A bill that would target motorcycle noise levels in New York City is unfair, says the American Motorcyclist Association.
The AMA says the bill, which is about to get final approval and would make it illegal for a motorcycle to be on a city street unless its exhaust system is stamped with approval from the Environmental Protection Agency, is "outrageous."
"This is no way to operate a democracy," claimed Imre Szauter, the AMA’s government affairs manager.
Motorcyclists caught without an EPA-stamped exhaust could be fined $1,000 for a first offence, and suffer temporary loss of their bike until the fine is paid.
Szauter notes that the AMA has long opposed excessive motorcycle sound, but riders who cannot find stock exhaust systems for their bikes will be unfairly punished by the measure.