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VISIBLE INSPECTION STICKERS FOR MAINE BIKES; ORDERS STUDY OF OTHER NOISE MEASURES

February 20, 2010

http://www.mecalm.org/

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE STARTS NOISE CRACKDOWN WITH VISIBLE INSPECTION STICKERS FOR MAINE BIKES; ORDERS STUDY OF OTHER NOISE MEASURES

The Maine legislature’s Transportation Committee voted February 19, 2010 to require all motorcycles to carry a visible inspection sticker on the left front fork, a move aimed at the 38% of registered bikes that go uninspected each year.  It also adopted a proposal by Maine State Police Lt. Chris Groton to form a task force to study further noise abatement measures such as roadside decibel testing and the EPA matching label ordinance and report back to the committee by January 15, 2011.  Maine Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles (MECALM) looks foward to participating in the task force. The measure now goes to the Senate and House for approval.  It’s likely the visible sticker requirement would take effect in 2011.  MECALM and others contend that many of the 20,000 uninspected bikes have illegally missing or altered mufflers that produce excessive noise.

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