Motorcyclists in Boston will be forced to use exhaust systems that wear a stamp of approval or face a $300 fine.
The city passed a law today making exhaust systems without a federal Environmental Protection Agency label illegal.
At a public hearing in May, residents, police, and government officials testified that new legal measures are needed to control motorcycle noise. Residents said their neighbourhoods are disturbed by the sound of unmuffled bikes.
Some motorcyclists, however, are working on a lawsuit against the new rule. They claim that existing laws could be used to maintain neighbourhood peace and that exhaust systems that don’t carry the EPA label aren’t necessarily loud, but simply weren’t certified by the manufacturer.