Law & Order

Virginia Bills to Protect Enthusiasts From Unfair Citations Sent to Governor

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

The Virginia General Assembly passed SEMA-supported legislation (H.B. 5058/S.B. 5029) that would change how certain traffic infractions are enforced, including suspected exhaust noise violations. The bills now go to Governor Ralph Northam for his approval or veto.

Current law includes the following traffic infractions as primary offenses: operating a motor vehicle without an exhaust system that prevents excessive or unusual levels of noise, absence of a light illuminating a license plate, and the application of certain sun-shading materials and window tinting films. If signed into law by Governor Ralph Northam, police would not be able to stop motorists for such infractions, but can add these citations if motorists are pulled over for other reasons.

For more information and to request support for these bills, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website.

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