Council Considers Banning Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers

Montgomery County soon just might be a little quieter. On Monday, members of the County Council’s Transportation and Environment Committee agreed to an ordinance that would ban leaf blowers with a combustion engine.

“We have begun the process of banning gas leaf blowers,” Council President Evan Glass announced.

The bill would prohibit the sale and use of these gas-powered leaf blowers and leaf vacuums.

The proposal now goes before the full council.

If approved, money will be allocated for homeowners and businesses who must replace their current equipment with electric ones.

The idea is to alleviate noise levels and health issues.

During 2021, the county’s Department of Environmental Protection received 62 formal complaints related to noise from leaf blowers.

The proposal states that violating the ordinance would come with a fine of up to $500 for the first offense and up to $750 for additional offenses.


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