ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved new standards for measuring snowmobile noise and identifying sleds that can be ticketed for being too loud.
Both central New York sponsors of the law say it gives police the ability to crack down on loud, after-market exhaust systems and should prompt more landowners to open their property to snowmobilers.
The New York State Snowmobile Association says some landowners have recently closed trails because of those illegal sled modifications. The measure outlaws operating a snowmobile without a working muffler that keeps noise below 78 decibels at full throttle measured from 50 feet away. It also bans snowmobiles putting out 88 decibels at 4,000 rpm as measured from about 12 feet behind a stationary sled. That will use a test developed by the Society of Automotive Engineers.