Law & Order

SEMA Updates New York Exhaust Noise Law Fact vs. Fiction Page

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

ExhaustIn 2021, New York enacted a bill into law—the SLEEP Act—that aims to crack down on excessively loud vehicles. The law, which went into effect on April 1, is simple: anyone who sells, offers for sale, installs or uses a “cut-out, bypass or similar device” to make a motor vehicle louder could be subject to a new penalty of up to $1,000 and/or 30 days in jail. These devices have been illegal in New York for more than 60 years and are also illegal in every other state in the country.

Unfortunately, false media reporting and misleading letters from the state’s DMV have created anxiety in the marketplace regarding the new law. In response, SEMA and the SEMA Action Network (SAN) have published and are constantly updating a Fact vs. Fiction page to cut through the noise. Click here for the latest updates.

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