Every year residents report being disturbed by motorcycles with excessively loud exhausts, the unnecessary racing of engines, and acceleration. This noise can often be heard inside homes even with the windows closed.
While living in an urban area means there will be more noise from vehicles and traffic, the kind of noise generated by some motorcycle drivers can be prevented and is illegal.
All motorcycles registered in Maine must display an inspection sticker on the license plate. This serves as an indicator of compliance with State inspection standards, meaning the exhaust was within noise limits when inspected.
As warmer weather has arrived and motorcycles are present on our roadways again, the Portland Police Department will be prioritizing loud exhausts, unnecessary revving and racing. Owners should get motorcycles inspected and ensure the exhaust is legal.
Loud motorcycles and those without a current inspection sticker can expect to be stopped and cited.