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Myrtle Beach may change noise ordinance

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By Greg Argos - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach City Council may change its noise ordinance less than one month after it first enacted the change.

The city may change the maximum muffler decibel level from 87 to 89. Council members say the proposed change would include all vehicles including larger trucks, such as tow trucks and fire engines.

"The thinking is that if it's making an acceptable amount of noise at idle, it's going to drive fairly quietly," Mark Kruea, spokesman for the city said.  "If it's already not making an acceptable amount of noise at idle, it going be noisy on the road."

One Myrtle Beach fire truck that WMBF News tested came in at 96 decibels, which is over both the current level of 87 decibels and the proposed 89 decibel limit. However, according to the full law, emergency vehicles are exempt from the noise ordinance.

When a tow truck was tested, it peaked at 115 decibels. The driver says there is not much he can do to change the noise level of his truck.

The city says they plan on discussing the change further before any votes will take place.

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