N.H. Town Pushes for Motorcycle Noise Ordinance

Residents of North Hampton, N.H., a town of about 4,500 people an hour north of Boston, Mass., are debating passage of a city ordinance requiring permanent stickers on post-1982 motorcycle exhausts indicating they meet federal environmental standards, according to SeacoastOnline.com.

Article 26 will be on the ballot for North Hampton’s town elections, taking place May 11. The ordinance was placed on the ballot by residents who “contend with noise pollution from various sources, with the chief contributor of this excess noise” being motorcycle exhausts.

First-offense fines will range from $200 to $500; subsequent fines will range from $500 to $1,000, and the city’s Police Department will be responsible for enforcing the law.

North Hampton voters are tackling the ordinance after the New Hampshire legislature killed a similar bill in February. That bill also had a companion measure that would have required all motorcyclists to wear helmets. The town is home to Seacoast Harley-Davidson, a 66,000 sq. ft. dealership, according to its Web site.

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