WeHo hears you loud and clear: The roads are too noisy.
In a bid to address vehicular noise pollution, West Hollywood City Council is set to deliberate on a new proposal this Monday night. Spearheaded by Councilmember John Heilman, the initiative seeks to collaborate with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood Station to develop a comprehensive strategy aimed at mitigating noise disturbances caused by vehicles in the city.
The proposal outlines a two-pronged approach: firstly, to direct the city staff to work closely with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to formulate a plan to address the vehicular noise issues, and secondly, to report back to the City Council with the proposed strategy during the regular semi-annual community safety update. This will allow for further Council deliberation before any implementation takes place.
The move comes in response to a plethora of complaints from residents about the excessive noise, particularly from high-end vehicles with modified exhaust systems, disrupting the peace in residential areas. According to the World Health Organization, noise pollution from busy roads is nearly as harmful to health as air pollution, contributing to various health issues such as hypertension and heart disease.
West Hollywood’s existing Noise Control Ordinance, established shortly after the city’s founding in 1985 and amended over the years, prohibits excessive noise in support of community health, safety, and quality of life. The ordinance specifically addresses noise from engines and mechanical devices in residential districts, especially during the quiet hours between 10:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
The California Vehicle Code already mandates that motor vehicles must have a functioning muffler to prevent excessive or unusual noise and prohibits the modification of exhaust systems in a way that increases noise levels.
The proposal also references the city’s efforts in 2020 to implement additional noise mitigation measures during the COVID-19 pandemic and its support in 2015 for regulating helicopter noise in Los Angeles County.