Nyc Approves a New Law Requiring Noise Cameras Throughout the City to Penalize Loud Drivers
The creation of a citywide noise camera program was authorized by the New York City Council.
The historic “Stop Spreading the Noise Act” campaign aims to use cameras that can identify drivers who exceed the city’s noise limit in an effort to crack down on loud cars.
According to the Department of Environmental Protection, seven cameras have already been installed and are operational, arranged in a very discreet and strategic manner.
The cameras will start recording in order to get the license plate if the sound from a vehicle is louder than 85 decibels, which is comparable to the volume of a lawnmower.
A mail-order fee, good for one year, would then be sent to the car’s owner.
Experts claim that frequent exposure to loud noises can lead to increased stress levels and trouble sleeping. For this reason, the program is designed to detect cars with modified mufflers, noisy motorcyclists, and excessive honking.
As of the end of last month, the city had cited 147 vehicles for excessive honking and 218 for having modified mufflers.
By 2025, Councilman Keith Powers, the primary proponent of the new law, intends to have far more cameras installed throughout all five boroughs.
“Even in the city that doesn’t sleep, New Yorkers deserve some peace and quiet,” Powers stated. “Today, we’re helping make that a reality with the Stop Spreading the Noise Act, a package of bills that cracks down on the frustrating — and harmful — noise pollution found throughout our city.”
Nonetheless, some fear that the privacy of New Yorkers is seriously jeopardized by the new technology.
By September 30, 2025, the city intends to have at least five cameras installed in each borough.
“Our Noise Camera Program is proving very popular in neighborhoods across the five boroughs,” the Department of Environmental Protection stated in a statement. “Obnoxious noise from illegally modified cars and trucks is a top quality-of-life complaint for New Yorkers.” “We thank Council Member Powers and the rest of the City Council for their support and we will continue to work together to expand the program in the coming years.”
Officials will now review the date, examine 311 calls to determine the locations of the majority of these noise complaints, and install cameras in those areas. They’ll go over the structure of fines and penalties.
“History and time will let us adjust the program so we can make sure it works and is effective,” Powers stated.
Critics are keeping an eye on it to ensure that privacy is given first consideration and that cameras are not disproportionately positioned in particular neighborhoods.