ST. ALBANS, Vt. - The city of St. Albans announced that, as of October 11, 2021, their new Vehicular Noise Ordinance has gone into effect.
"To promote the public health, safety and welfare by prohibiting excessive and disturbing noise from vehicles and their operation. The new ordinance prohibits mufflers modified to be plainly audible from 50 feet away; unnecessary revving, acceleration, down-shifting, or braking to make unreasonable noise; and vehicle sound systems that are plainly audible from 75 feet away in the daytime and from 50 feet away in the nighttime," the city says.
Much to the chagrin of locals who like to tinker with their exhaust systems, the ordinance calls for all vehicles to be "equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive and unusual noise and annoying smoke."
It also prohibits exhaust pipe and muffler cutouts or exhaust whistles that make enough noise to violate the distance requirements.
The city also banned operating a vehicle in such a way as to create excessive noise by laying down or peeling rubber, rapid shifting to increase vehicle noise, and revving or racing a vehicle engine while either standing still or in motion.
The fines for violating the ordinance will be $150 for the first offense, $300 for the second offense, and $500 for any violation after that within 12 months.
Social media responses were in the hundreds and filled with colorful statements regarding trampling of rights, intentions to make even more noise, and requests from folks in neighborhoods to have some empathy for families with kids or night-shift workers.
Despite the urging of one social media group's administrators to "keep it simple and no swearing," the discussion was turned off after a wild ride of 243 posts.