Self-Storage Owner Challenges Town's Noise Ordinance

A self-storage owner in North Hampton, N.H., is leading the charge of local businesspeople to speak out against a recently passed noise ordinance that targets motorcyclists.

A self-storage owner in North Hampton, N.H., is leading the charge of local businesspeople to speak out against a recently passed noise ordinance that targets motorcyclists.

Rick Fucci, the owner of Route 1 Self Storage and director of the North Hampton Business Association, told the local newspaper the ordinance will keep many motorcyclists from patronizing local businesses, especially the local motorcycle dealers.

Fucci explains he and the group don't like noisy vehicles, either. But the broad ordinance, which requires all motorcycles in the town to be equipped with an Environmental Protection Association-approved exhaust system, is too much. Motorcycle groups have already contacted the business association explaining they will boycott.

Some lawyers who have examined the law say it's unenforceable because, as it's currently written, a parked motorcycle not producing any noise at all can still be in violation if it lacks the EPA stamp of approval. Police Chief Brian Page also thinks the law is unenforceable and is trying to persuade a local commission to overturn it.

The voters of North Hampton, which is about 50 miles north of Boston, approved the ordinance by a 2-to-1 margin in May.

Source: Seacoastonline.com,Three Legal Sources Say Noise Ordinance Unenforceable

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