Town of North Reading, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Annual Town Meeting of the Town of North Reading 10-6-2003 by Art. 5, approved 11-12-2003.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 181.
Zoning — See Ch. 200.
[1]
Editor's Note: This article combined, renumbered and recaptioned the provisions of former Ch. 185, § 185-1, Restrictions on operation, adopted 3-12-1973 ATM by Art. 2, approved 10-11-1973, with the provisions of former Ch. 139, including restrictions on use, adopted 10-7-2002 OTM by Art. 2, approved 12-30-2002, as amended by the noise provisions adopted 4-7-2003 ATM by Art. 9, approved 4-25-2003. No other substantive changes were made.
Registered and unregistered recreational motorized vehicles, including those commonly referred to as snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, minibikes, etc., shall not be operated on any property, private or public, without the expressed consent of the owner or overseer of said property. Evidence of written permission shall be in the possession of the operator of said vehicles and shall be presented on demand of any police officer or other law enforcement officer as set forth in Chapter 589, Acts and Resolves of the General Court, 1970.
In no case shall such vehicles be operated within the confines of the Town between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m.
It shall be unlawful to operate, for recreation or pleasure, any motor vehicle designed or modified for use over unimproved terrain, in or within three hundred (300) feet of a residential zone established by the Zoning Bylaw,[1] except on land owned by the owner of such vehicle.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 200, Zoning.
No person shall operate a recreational vehicle that emits an unusual or excessive amount of noise. A recreational vehicle shall be deemed to emit an unusual or excessive amount of noise if:
A. 
It produces a sound pressure level of more than seventy-eight decibels, as measured at maximum speed at fifty feet;
B. 
It increases the broadband sound level by more than 10ddB(A) above ambient; or
C. 
It produces a "pure tone" condition - when any octave band center frequency sound pressure level exceeds the two adjacent center frequency sound pressure level by 3 decibels or more.
Whoever violates the provisions of this bylaw shall be subject to the following penalties: first offense: warning; second offense: $50.00; third and subsequent offenses: $100.00. Each day or portion thereof during which a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense.