Shhhhhhhush! New York puts noise limits on snowmobiles

Publish Date: 
Nov 18, 2013

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York has established new standards for measuring snowmobile noise and identifying sleds that can be ticketed for being too loud under a law signed Nov. 13 by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Both central New York sponsors told the Utica Observer Dispatch the law, which is now in effect, gives police the authority to crack down on loud, aftermarket exhaust systems. They hope that will persuade more landowners to open their property to snowmobilers.

"Many property owners were willing to open their private land to snowmobiles, but had concerns about noise," said state Sen. Joe Griffo, an Oneida County Republican and bill cosponsor.

The new law prohibits operating a snowmobile without a working muffler that keeps noise below 78 decibels at full throttle measured from 50 feet away. It also bans snowmobiles putting out 88 dB at 4,000 rpm as measured from about 12 feet behind a stationary sled with a sound meter microphone. The test machinery was developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

The New York State Snowmobile Association backed the measure.

Posted by Holly Wagner