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NY Post
New York Post
2 Dec 2023

NextImg:‘Noise cameras’ coming to NYC to punish loud drivers as complaints surge

“Noise cameras” that detect souped-up cars, motorcycles and other loud vehicles are coming to a street near you.

A new bill authorizing the cams, authored by Councilman Keith Powers (D-Manhattan), is expected to pass Thursday.

Under the measure, the cameras would activate if a vehicle reaches at least 85 decibels from 50 feet or more away.

It would snap photos of the law-breaking vehicles’ license plates, triggering a ticket to be sent directly to the registered owner — similar to how the state’s red-light and speed cameras work.

“Noise complaints are way up and enforcement has been very difficult — especially in my [East Side] district and other parts of Manhattan Brooklyn,” Powers said. “We saw the cameras work well” in Paris, and “thought it would enhance enforcement.”

At least five cameras would be installed in each of the five boroughs at yet-to-be-determined locations by the end of September 2025.

However, Powers said that’s just a minimum and expects many more.

Violators would face fines of $800 for the first offense and up to $2,625 for a third offense.

The City Council is expected to approve a bill by Keith Powers (D-Manhattan) creating a full-time “noise” camera program in NYC where violators would be fined for operating loud vehicles. Erik Thomas/NY Post
The noise cameras detect loud vehicles, leading to fines of $800 for the first offense and up to $2,625 for a third offense. Christopher Sadowski

The city has had a small pilot program with noise cams in place since last year.

Some have been spotted in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn but the city rotates locations.

Other bills expected to pass Thursday include one that would mandate the city publish the results of noise inspections online in five business days and another capping profits citizens can make filing noise complaints against businesses at $10.

Council Member James Gennaro introduced a bill to help curb citizen “bounty hunters” who used the noise complaint system to rake in cash. Stephen Yang

The latter bill was introduced Councilman James Gennaro (D-Queens) following complaints that citizen “bounty hunters”  were raking in big bucks by relying on illegal methods to bang businesses with hefty summonses for violating the city’s noise-pollution regs.