NOISE ABATEMENT PROGRAM
REDUCE VEHICLE NOISE & AVOID A TICKET
THROUGH EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE
The Noise Abatement Program seeks quiet roads by reducing the impact of vehicle
noise from illegal exhaust systems and loud stereos in the Town of Falmouth
through voluntary compliance rather than traffic tickets.
We ask that if you have a vehicle with an illegal exhaust system or a stereo
system capable of serious noise that you don’t draw attention to yourself by
creating excessive and/or unreasonable noise. You will reduce the number of
noise complaints and avoid a traffic ticket.
MUFFLE THE NOISE
Reduce noise by repairing or replacing non-compliant muffler systems.
SHIFTING TO SILENCE
Shifting to the next highest gear earlier than normal helps reduce the noise
associated with high RPMs.
TURN DOWN THE SOUND
Turning down your stereo so
that only the occupants of your vehicle can hear it will not disturb the members
of the community and still allow you to enjoy your music without receiving a
A muffler is considered in “good working order” if the internal baffles have not
been removed, it prevents excessive/unnecessary noise, it prevents pollution,
and is in compliance with state sound emission requirements.
All motor vehicles and motorcycles require a muffler in “good working order”,
otherwise the operator may be fined $50.
A muffler in “good working order” may not be altered in an effort to increase
the exhaust system’s noise level. If the baffle plates, screens, or other
original parts have been removed the muffler is considered altered. An operator
may be fined $50 for an altered muffler.
An original muffler may only be replaced or exchanged with a muffler in “good
working order”, otherwise the operator may be fined $50.
Music that can be heard at a distance of 150 feet or more is considered loud and
unnecessary. The operator may be fined $50.
1. M.G.L. Chapter 90: Section 16.
Offensive or illegal operation of motor vehicles
2. M.G.L. Chapter 90: Sections 7S, 7T, & 7U. Motorcycle sound emissions
3. Town Code (Town of Falmouth) Chapter 150: Section 150-3
The Falmouth Police Department is
committed to the three Es.
Informational brochures, training, and media coverage of the components of the
Noise Abatement Program help reduce the excessive noise via education.
Improving the roadways by adding informational signs helps alert the operator of
Finally, if education and engineering does not help reduce excessive noise, then
enforcement is necessary. Violations may result in fines
and vehicle insurance surcharges.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Falmouth wants bikers and motorists to come
to town and have a good time. However, we ask that bikers and motorists respect
our residents & visitors and their desire to enjoy a reasonably quiet and
peaceful community. Our partners share these thoughts. Therefore, we
respectfully ask that bikers and motorists muffle the noise, shift to
silence, and/or turn down the sound. As long as you don’t call attention to
yourself in that manner, you won’t get a ticket from the Falmouth Police
FALMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT
QUIET ROADS ASSOCIATION
MASSACHUSETTS MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATION
FALMOUTH CLASSIC CAR CLUB
This page last updated on
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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