CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The streets of Chambersburg could be quieter and the traffic slower if the borough council approves an amendment that bans engine retarders and takes up Council President William McLaughlin's idea to install speed humps on some streets.
The council voted Monday to advertise an amendment to the noise ordinance it adopted last year to ban the use of the engine retarders, sometimes referred to as "Jake brakes," on trucks. A vote is scheduled Feb. 12.
When the noise ordinance was adopted it was "our intention the whole time" to later amend the ordinance to ban the engine retarders, Councilman Heath Talhelm said.
McLaughlin said the borough did not have the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's permission to ban the use of the devices on state roads in the borough when it passed the ordinance. That approval has now been received to post signs banning their use on U.S. 30, U.S. 11, Pa. 997 and other state-controlled roads that pass through town, he said.