Riders incensed at Chicago alderman's proposed $1,000 noise fine

Publish Date: 
Dec 19, 2013

CHICAGO, Ill. - Chicago riders are up in arms about an alderman’s proposal to fine riders $1,000 for exhaust noise violations.

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) introduced an ordinance in mid-December that would handle "noise pollution" by targeting altered mufflers — which Reilly calls "a major quality-of-life issue" in his River North and Downtown ward. If it passes, maximum fines will increase from $100 to $1,000.

Ald. Reilly said the proposed ordinance won't target stock exhaust systems, but instead takes aim at altered mufflers. He said he has received hundreds of complaints.

Riders say they make their bikes louder for safety -- to make sure other motorists are aware of them. Proponents of the fine say the exhaust alterations are just for show.

"I think the fine is a little exorbitant and unnecessary. In the city, it almost seems like a moot issue with trains, buses, taxis [making noise all the time],” attorney Erin Benson, who's been riding since 2009, told DNAinfo. "This is a 24-hour city. It's not like you're driving through [suburban] Naperville."

Posted by Holly Wagner