Portland to consider motorcycle noise ordinance

Posted Aug. 18, 2009, at 12:28 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s largest city is considering requiring motorcycle operators to obtain a label certifying that their exhaust pipes comply with federal noise emission standards.

Portland’s Public Safety Committee unanimously approved the noise proposal last month, and the City Council agreed Monday night to consider the ordinance at its next meeting on Sept. 9.

Portland officials say Boston and Denver have similar laws.

It’s getting a mixed reaction from motorcycle operators. Harley owner Tony Youells told the Portland Press Herald he didn’t think it was a big deal.

But fellow hog owner Scott Harvey says it’s unrealistic to think the ordinance could be enforced. He also says his loud exhausts are a safety feature that warn others of the presence of motorcycles.