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For Immediate Release

15 December 2008

Contact: Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations (MRF)

New York City Council Pulls Motorcycle Noise Bill.

Late last week the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety held a hearing on Introduction No. 416 A titled; "A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to prohibiting the parking of motorcycles equipped with straight pipes on the streets of the city of New York."

This bill gives law enforcement the ability to issue fines of $1000 and temporary impoundment for the first infraction and a fine of $2500 and permanent forfeiture of motorcycles with out EPA approved or stock exhaust pipes. The committee, Chaired by council member Peter Vallone a democrat from Queens, did vote in favor of the bill which sent it on to be considered by the full council on week later.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is pleased to report that for now the bill has been pulled from the schedule for December 18th, when it was to be voted upon by the full council.

The MRF thanks Speaker Christine Quinn for realizing that this issue requires much more than one week worth of consideration.

"This legislation raises far more problems than it solves" said Jeff Hennie vice president of government relations for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. "What about older bikes that predate the 1979 clean air act or motorcycles from neighboring states, just to name a few?" he added.

The Council will be entering the 4th and last year of the current 4 year session. So this bill is still live and could be considered at any point during the 2009 calendar year.

The issue of motorcycle sound can be controversial and is certainly one of the most complicated of all issues related to motorcycles.

The MRF will keep you updated on this bill.





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