A bill to provide that the noise from a motor-vehicle exhaust system deemed “disturbing or unreasonably loud” constitutes the crime of disturbing the peace has been reintroduced for consideration in the West Virginia State Legislature. Under the bill, violators could be fined up to $1,000 per occurrence, jailed for six months or both. Meanwhile, SEMA-model legislation that would allow West Virginia’s vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit under a fair and predictable test was also introduced in West Virginia.
West Virginia Reintroduces Bill to Penalize Some Aftermarket Exhaust Systems
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