Bill aims to silence noisy car stereos

Marcus Oshiro
Marcus Oshiro
Carmina Ahmed
Carmina Ahmed

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new bill to silence noisy car stereos is creating a commotion in some small businesses. The measure would restrict the installation of aftermarket audio equipment. The House Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing on House Bill 1178 at 9 o'clock on Wednesday morning.

Some drivers love to crank up the volume to listen to tunes, but State Representative Marcus Oshiro is sick of the sound.

"It's one of those things that all you hear is this boom, boom. Boom, boom, boom, boom. That's all you hear. There's nothing pleasant about it. There's no voice. There's no music," said Oshiro.

Oshiro introduced the bill after hearing complaints from his constituents. The measure would prohibit installing, possessing, or operating a vehicle with aftermarket audio equipment that includes five or more speakers or subwoofers, speakers exceeding one hundred watts power output, or speakers exceeding six and a half inches in width or height.

"We're a small business. We're the backbone of America. This bill, it's going to break us, and for no reason. I mean it doesn't need to be that way," said Carmina Ahmed, owner of Car Stereo Express.

Ahmed believes instead of targeting local businesses, authorities should enforce existing rules on excessive noise. Oshiro, however, said that is almost impossible.

"There is an ordinance of the city and county on excessive noise, but you have to have a police officer there listening to this sound and bringing it to court. This will prohibit the installation of these types of sound systems," Oshiro said.

Ahmed said many of her customers buy the audio equipment to enhance the sound quality of the music. She also pointed out that systems installed by automakers could still make a lot of noise.

"A lot of the premium sound systems from the manufacturer already exceed the limits that they have there. They have larger than 6.5 inch woofers," said Ahmed.

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