Ban Car Alarms

Where is the campaign now?

Read the report: "Alarmingly Useless: The Case for Banning Car Alarms in New York City" (PDF), March 13, 2003

The City Council's Environmental Protection Committee approved an amended version of Int. 81 at a last minute hearing on June 28, 2004 and sent it to the full council, which passed Int. 81A on July 21, 2004. The Mayor subsequently vetoed the bill on August 16th but the City Council overrode his veto on September 28th.

Int. 81A is a weak bill that bans the sale and installation of new car alarm sirens that continue to sound after the current three minute legal limit. In other words, it allows any driver to use a noisy car alarm for up to three minutes if it is purchased inside or outside of New York City or a noisy alarm that sounds for any period of time if it is purchased outside of New York City. Though well intentioned, and a significant first step towards a full ban on the use of car alarms in the city, Int. 81A does not solve New York's car alarm problem. Even though Int. 81A has passed, there is still an opportunity to include a full audible car alarm ban in the city's updated noise code, which is currently under revision. T.A. continues to work with the administration and city council to move towards ending the useless wail of audible alarms.