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