The state Senate has backed a bill that would tackle the issue of motorcycle noise.

The Senate voted 29-6 on March 16 for LD 1675. The bill would direct the Maine State Police to convene a group to study the issue of motorcycle noise, including industry sound testing standards, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency labeling guidelines for noise emissions, and motorcycle safety inspection requirements.

The aim of the bill is to enact measures designed to improve public health by limiting the amount of noise that may be caused by motorcycles in the state.

The study group would issue a report to the Legislature’s Transportation Committee by Jan. 15, 2011.

Voting for the bill in the Senate were Sens. Christopher Rector, R-Thomaston; and A. David Trahan, R-Waldoboro. Voting against the bill was Sen. Carol Weston, R-Montville.

Rector said as a motorcyclist himself he understands the noise concern and that is why he voted for the bill. The bill also would require inspection stickers to be displayed on the rear of motorcycles.

The House has yet to vote on the bill.