Long Beach will Cite Illegal Mufflers
On Thursday, May 23, residents joined Councilmember Suja Lowenthal and Commander Rich Rocchi of the Long Beach Police Department for a demonstration of a prototype mobile electronic signboard with decibel reader that notifies motorcyclists and drivers of vehicles with illegally modified mufflers that they are too loud and will be cited. “We welcome riders with legal mufflers out for their weekend cruise and hope they enjoy the many attractions and restaurants our city has to offer,” said Lowenthal. “However, we want to send a message that illegal mufflers will not be tolerated and discourage those riders from passing through Long Beach.”
Lowenthal partnered with Public Works staff to develop the prototype in response to complaints by Ocean Boulevard residents about the noise caused by illegally modified mufflers on motorcycles in the canyon-like corridor of high rises. Ocean Boulevard was selected because it receives a great deal of weekend traffic, most especially motorcycles, since it connects the Harbor and South Bay with Orange County communities along a coastal route. “The residents are very excited to see this new decibel reader as motorcyclists with illegal mufflers have no idea how their noise affects the community on Ocean Blvd,” said Mike Dunfee, president of the Ocean Residential Community Association. “The residents in high rises get a loud echo effect bouncing into their homes and people residing in shorter 1950’s buildings without dual-pane windows experience even more severe rumbling noise. It is easy to forget that Ocean Blvd. is a residential area.”
The signboard and targeted enforcement come just in time for Memorial Day weekend and start to the summer season, when riders with illegal mufflers are most prevalent. The sound decibel reader is for public awareness only and will not be used for enforcement purposes. Motorcycle exhaust pipes that are modified and produce an excessive or unusual noise are a violation of California Vehicle Code (C.V.C.) Section 27150 (a).