New York City has begun to issue tickets to owners of noisy cars

Photo credit: Deane Bayas

by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition, and Honorary Chair, Quiet American Skies

In earlier posts I told readers that cities in the U.S., Canada and Europe were carrying out pilot tests on noise cameras that would be able to identify and issue violations to owners of loud, noisy cars. New York City is one of the cities that is conducting such a pilot study and this article by Peter Holderith provides a status report on the pilot study. In 2022, New York City issued 71 tickets for noisy exhausts that were captured on the noise cameras. Individuals associated with the noisy vehicles, identified by their license plates, are issued fines for their offending vehicles. New York City did not provide information on where the cameras were installed nor how many there are.

New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection is overseeing the pilot project of noise cameras and is now assessing the project for a report that it will issue. It is expected that the report will give us more information on the number of noise cameras in the City, where they are located, and whether the issuance of violations at sites in the pilot project resulted in fewer violations at these sites. I assume that the report will also provide information on how the data collected will impact on the future use of noise cameras in other locations in the City.

I will be following up on this pilot project and hope the results will lead to less noise pollution in our City.

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