I have a long overdue complaint. I am sick and tired of hearing ridiculously loud cars on the road. I live near a relatively busy four-lane street. During heavy traffic hours, I am bombarded with the sound of a few extremely loud cars. During the milder months, I often like to open my windows. I am disturbed by the frequent sound — not of the overall traffic — but by the one car that is louder than fifty others combined.
As much as I am generally opposed to the addition of any additional traffic laws, I think that something needs to be done about this noise pollution nuisance.
I propose that it should be deemed illegal for a non-commercial vehicle to exceed a set volume limit. From now on, an audio test should be included as part of an annual vehicle inspection. I don’t know precisely what the limit should be. I’ll leave that to someone else to decide.
Large commercial vehicles such as buses and dump trucks can be exempt from such volume regulations. I have no problem with that. After all, they are massive machines. My issue is with the average citizen who modifies their muffler on their Honda Civic to intentionally blast as much noise as possible. Why do people do this? Do they think it impresses other drivers or something? It doesn’t. Those people (probably teenagers) are idiots. It is utterly obnoxious and it needs to stop.
The elephant in the room is the primary offender of outrageously loud machines -– motorcycles! There is absolutely no reason that a machine built to propel the weight of a single human being should make so much damn noise. When I am driving alongside a motorcycle, I am barely able to hear myself think over the roar of their deliberately loud engine. This needs to end. It is not right that a single individual is allowed to disrupt the lives of everyone around them for their own ego. I don’t care if I offend die-hard bikers with these remarks. Loud motorcycle engines need to be outlawed. Period.
I don’t know what else to add to this. You get my gist. The time has come for something to be done about this noise polluting atrocity. I am surprised that this issue has not already been addressed. Transportation needs to be silenced. End of story.