Excessive honking or an enhanced muffler could hit drivers with a fine of as much as $800.

It’s part of new legislation approved by City Council called the "Stop Spreading the Noise Act."

What You Need To Know

  • City Council approved new legislation, the "Stop Spreading the Noise Act," to reduce street noise

  • If a vehicle's sound is over 85 decibels, cameras will record that vehicle's license plate
  • Fines will begin at $800 and reach $2,500
  • Five traffic noise cameras will be installed in each borough by fall 2025

If a vehicle's sound is over 85 decibels, which is about as loud as a lawn mower, cameras to be installed in the city by fall of 2025 will capture the offending vehicle’s license plate and issue a fine. 

Those fines will begin at $800 and can reach up to $2,500.

According to the City Council, noise complaints to 311 have skyrocketed 241% since Oct. 2019.

Even before the era of work from home, the Department of Health reported that 20% of New Yorkers are frequently disturbed by noise at home.

This legislation targets excessive noise and aims to improve enforcement of noise violations.

Manhattan Councilmember Keith Powers helped get the legislative package passed.

“Midtown Manhattan and other parts of the city might have different expectations about what noise should be and how they should be able to get a peaceful night's sleep. But  either way, I think instead of doing nothing about it, I think we should be talking about it,” Powers told NY1.

Cameras are the key to this legislation.

At least five noise cameras will be required in each borough by the end of September in 2025.

The Department of Environmental Protections will asses 311 noise complaints to see where they cluster to determine placement of the cameras.