New Hampshire noise law awaits governor's signature

Publish Date: 
Apr 19, 2012

A new noise regulation is awaiting New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch’s signature, the last step before the new decibel limit becomes law.

House Bill 1442 is a rare compromise among riders, dealers, residents and legislators that would reduce the state noise limit to 92 decibels, from the 106db in present law. It started with a row between Top 100 Dealer Seacoast Harley-Davidson and the city of North Hampton, which passed a noise law more restrictive than the state limit.

After the dealership sued the city, local legislators began looking for a solution and came up with the new bill. It allows for field-testing vehicles for compliance, rather than requiring them to go to fixed-location testing stations.

Colin Manning, Lynch's press secretary, told the Union Lynch will review the bill, but noted there is virtually no opposition to changes, which typically has a positive influence on the governor's decision.

If Lynch signs the bill, all motorcycles will have to comply with the new noise standards by Jan. 1.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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