Hannibal, MO, bans engine brakes

| 9/10/2003

Mark Twain’s hometown has joined the long list of cities nationwide that ban truck engine brakes.

The city council in Hannibal, MO, voted Sept. 3 to ban the use of the brakes in the city, The Hannibal Courier-Post reported.

For now, the city is trying to find a way to inform truckers; the Missouri Department of Transportation, which maintains the highways leading into the riverside town, does not allow engine brake signs on its rights of way.

The ordinance was introduced by City Attorney Robert Curtis, according to city documents.

According to the newspaper, Hannibal Mayor Roy Hark told the council he had received numerous complaints regarding noise from engine brakes. However, Police Chief Joey Runyon told the newspaper that he had never received one, and was not aware of any concern over the brakes until he heard about the topic at a council meeting.