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File #: 06-1360    Version: 1 Name: CD2 - Enforcement of Illegally Modified Exhaust Systems
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 12/14/2006 In control: City Council
On agenda: 12/19/2006 Final action: 12/19/2006
Title: Recommendation to request Chief of Police, City Prosecutor and City Manager to implement an action plan to reduce excessively loud noise from illegally modified exhaust systems based on, but not limited to, the following measures: a. Continued active enforcement of the California Vehicle Code (Section 27150 & 27151) relating to illegally modified exhaust systems. b. A public education campaign informing the press, residents and businesses of the Police Department’s proactive efforts to enforce excessive noise violations. In particular, businesses associated with motorcycle sales, repair and modification or those frequented by motorcycle enthusiasts. c. Communication with neighboring cities and enforcement agencies of our proactive stance. d. Communication with residents in the City who have motorcycles registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), informing them of the Police Department’s intent, rationale for the proactive stance and notification that unmodified motorcycle...
Sponsors: COUNCILMEMBER SUJA LOWENTHAL, SECOND DISTRICT, COUNCILMEMBER GARY DELONG, THIRD DISTRICT
Attachments: 1. 121906-R-33sr
TITLE
Recommendation to request Chief of Police, City Prosecutor and City Manager to implement an action plan to reduce excessively loud noise from illegally modified exhaust systems based on, but not limited to, the following measures:

a. Continued active enforcement of the California Vehicle Code (Section 27150 & 27151) relating to illegally modified exhaust systems.
b. A public education campaign informing the press, residents and businesses of the Police Department’s proactive efforts to enforce excessive noise violations. In particular, businesses associated with motorcycle sales, repair and modification or those frequented by motorcycle enthusiasts.
c. Communication with neighboring cities and enforcement agencies of our proactive stance.
d. Communication with residents in the City who have motorcycles registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), informing them of the Police Department’s intent, rationale for the proactive stance and notification that unmodified motorcycles will not be in violation.
e. Checkpoints or task force strategies focused on particular locations or corridors known to be frequented by vehicles with modified exhaust systems.
f. Expand the current use of programmable message boards to remind the public about the City’s proactive stance on excessively loud exhaust systems.
g. Provide recommendations for modifying current California Vehicle Code through state legislation to enhance the Police Department and City Prosecutor’s enforcement efforts.
h. Provide the City Council with an evaluation of the action plan after one year, based on community feedback, number of citations, citations involving repeat offenses and the outcome of cases involving illegally modified exhaust systems sent to the City Prosecutor.

DISCUSSION
Among the many sources of noise pollution in our city, illegally modified mufflers on motorcycles and cars is a particular source of frustration to residents and businesses along corridors such as Ocean Boule...

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