(Via Rogue, Sturgis Freedom Fighters Hall Of Famer)
In June 2009 the city of Boston enacted an ordinance calling for a $300 fine if an EPA stamp, required for manufacturers to install on new motorcycles, is not “readily visible” to law enforcement officers on a running or parked motorcycle within the City Limits. It has not yet been enforced and no tickets were issued due to the Motorcyclists’ legal activism.
The Activists, who call themselves of the “Justice Riders” and include all members of the Massachusetts Chapter of Bikers of Lesser Tolerance (B.O.L.T.), take satisfaction in the legal caveat that has abated Boston’s enforcement of this repugnant ordinance. The Justice Riders claim the State has existing statues dealing with motorcycle exhausts and inspections, and city and town police are required to follow those State laws. This past March, Superior Court Judge Charles T. Spurlock dismissed the bikers case writing since the City had not issued any citations against the five plaintiffs, they had “no standing” to bring the suit. The bikers appealed that decision to the Appeals Court, filing their Brief September 10th. The City had 30 days to filed their responsive Brief, but requested additional time which the Court granted to November 15th. A copy of the motorcyclists’ appeals brief can be viewed at Justice Riders.