Driving a vehicle with improperly maintained “Jake” brakes will be illegal in the Fairmont city limits in 30 days.

With a unanimous vote at the meeting Tuesday, council approved an ordinance that modified the city’s traffic code. The change will make it illegal to drive a vehicle with an improperly muffled engine brake in the city. The title of the ordinance specifically lists that use of safety devices is not prohibited.

The ordinance goes into effect in 30 days.

The issue of “Jake” brakes has seen more and more discussion in the past few months. Residents have appeared at the past few council meetings, while council discussed two different ordinances on the subject.

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