A previous post on this blog talked about how truckers passing through White Plains or other parts of this state must follow all state and local environmental laws. As this post discussed, these laws set standards with respect to a lot of issues related to a truck’s impact on the environment. For example, there are laws limiting how much air pollution a truck can emit when traveling along the road.
It bears some special mention that, in New York, noise is in a way considered a pollutant. After all, while it may not directly contribute to climate change, noisy roads and highways are quite loud and can grate on the nerves of those who live around them. In some cases, exposure to loud noises can even damage one’s hearing.
For this and other reasons, truckers, and for that matter all owners of motor vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds, must adhere to New York’s laws restricting how loud such vehicles can be. Following these laws may require truckers or trucking companies to examine the overall design and capability of their vehicles. They may also have to make sure they keep the noise down by driving appropriately.
If they fail to do so, it is possible that law enforcement will issue a citation for a truck violation. As is the case with other truck violations, citations for unlawful noise emissions should be taken seriously. Fines can be hefty, and a citation can also affect one’s trucking business negatively in other ways.
As with any other type of truck violation, sometimes law enforcement officers issue a ticket for noise without crossing off all the necessary details. In such cases, a traffic attorney’s services may be helpful. Even if it turns out that the best course of action is to negotiate a resolution, an attorney can still help a trucker understand the available legal options.