A noise ordinance that the town of
North Hampton, New Hampshire, passed earlier this month might hit businesses where it hurts.
The law was written to control
motorcycle noise, and while it won’t become enforceable until the second week
of July, motorcycle clubs in the area are already reacting against it,
according to an article in seacoast online.com.
The Manchester Motorcycle Club, for
instance, is urging its members to stay out of North Hampton until the town
repeals the law, and the club’s president is asking other clubs to follow suit.
He said the law would place a
financial hardship on motorcyclists, who would be required to replace their
exhaust systems every 3,700 miles (5,950 km). The ordinance states that a
sticker issued by the Environmental Protection Agency would be required on any
exhaust system for motorcycles of recent vintage. Failure to have the sticker
could result in a fine of $200 to $1,000, depending on the bike-rider’s previous record.
While the police chief in North
Hampton said he’s not a fan of loud motorcycles, he wonders if the law would be
Current New Hampshire law limits
motorcycle noise output to 106 dB, and efforts to lower that limit have failed
at the state level.