The North End/Waterfront is about to get a bit quieter. In preparation for a City Council vote, the Committee on Government Operations recommended on June 2nd to pass an ordinance regulating the noise levels of motorcycles. This follows a public hearing by the committee on May 26.
The ordinance was introduced by District 1 Councilor Sal LaMattina and calls for an EPA stamp on all approved motorcycle mufflers operating in Boston. The stamp can easily be seen and cannot be removed. Without such a stamped muffler, the biker will be ticketed for a $300 fine. “I’ve proposed an ordinance that I hope will make a small but noticeable improvement in the quality of life for each of us,” LaMattina said in a statement.
Bob Skole, a Lincoln Wharf resident, testified at the hearing and was very positive on the impact it will have on the neighborhood. “This is an excellent measure,” says Skole, “Several other cities have similar ordnances (Denver, CO and Richmond, VA) and it is strongly promoted by the National Noise Pollution Clearing House, an advocacy group (based in Vermont), whose executive director, Les Blomberg, explained the EPA muffler rules, etc., at an earlier hearing, before a committee headed by Councilors Ross and LaMattina.”
As a follow up, the Councilor is expected to introduce an ordnance banning bikes from some streets, such as Hanover St.
Boston’s City Council did pass the LaMattina-sponsored ordinance and the Mayor signed it into law. Police can now impose a $300 fine on motorcyclists whose pipes lack the federally required imprint that they meet EPA noise standards.