New York City Department of Environmental Protection gets a new toy according with Road & Track.
A photo of a call from the New York DEP was posted on Facebook from a page that called Lowered Congress on Monday.
The call was "won" by a BMW M3 that was a bit noisy.
The notice states:
"We are writing to you because your vehicle has been recognized as having a muffler that does not comply with Article 386 of the Vehicle Law and the Road Traffic Code, which prohibits excessive noise from motor vehicles. Your vehicle was captured by a camera taking pictures of the vehicle and the license plate. In addition, a sound level meter records the decibel level as the vehicle approaches and passes through the camera. ”
The notice tells the owner to bring his car to a location designated by the DEP for inspection.
"Show up and you will have the opportunity to repair the car to avoid a fine."
The document also informs the owner that if he does not show up, he may face a $ 875 fine, plus interest if he continues to ignore the call.
A representative of the New York DEP confirmed to Road & Track via email that the system is part of a small pilot program running from September 2021.
From the above description, it seems that it works like a speed camera that automatically records violations and sends mail with the mail showing your license plate. The new system uses a strategically placed sound level meter to record decibel levels on the road.
This project will be re-evaluated on June 30, according to DEP. Then it will probably expand or go down.
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