Law & Order

West Virginia Bill to Allow Aftermarket Exhaust Systems Approved by Committee

SEMA-model legislation that would allow vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was passed by the House Roads and Transportation Committee. The bill must now be approved by the Judiciary Committee before moving to the House floor for a vote by all members. Current West Virginia law only allows a muffler originally installed by the manufacturer or an equivalent.   

Among other things, the bill would remove subjective provisions in the law and force compliance with an objectively measured standard, while benefitting consumers, the aftermarket industry and police officers who are charged with enforcing the law. 

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