The war against noisy cars is underway in New York. Thanks to a new automated camera-based system, New Yorkers can receive alerts about their noisy cars. A unique pilot program started in New York City where noisy car owners could receive a very unfortunate letter in the mail. An example of this mailing system was shared on Facebook where we got an idea of how New York state will use its new automated camera network to crack down on overly noisy cars.
In a Facebook post shared by Car and Driver, we can see the results of the New York program on NYC-based BMW M3 owners. The official letter states M3 owners must go to an inspection station or face a fine of $875 plus. Car and Driver points out that the inspection station is actually a sewage treatment plant which only adds insult to injury.
The camera system is quite simple. The decibel meter is strategically placed and triggers the camera to take a photo of the car’s license plate. Just like speed cameras, the rest are controlled by an automated mail system to send violators their citations.
If violators show up for inspection, they will have the opportunity to fix their loud exhaust without paying a fine. For owners of cars with aftermarket exhausts, things can get a little tricky so make sure you stick to your stock system just in case. When it comes to cars with adjustable exhausts, it might be wise to keep things at their quietest setting while driving through high-traffic areas where cameras could lurk.
For New Yorkers who oppose the new system, there is an opportunity to express their feelings. The entire program will be re-evaluated on June 30, 2022. Until then, leave it alone unless you want to go to a sewage treatment plant for evaluation.