SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 3, January 16, 2014

Bill Reintroduced to Protect West Virginia Hobbyists From Unfair Exhaust Noise Citations

By SEMA Washington, D.C., Staff

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Legislation allowing West Virginia hobbyists to install and use aftermarket modified exhaust systems that meet a 95-decibel limit was reintroduced in the State Legislature.
   

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 was reintroduced in the West Virginia State Legislature. Current West Virginia law only allows a muffler originally installed by the manufacturer or an equivalent. The bill would remedy the enforcement policy currently used by police officers in which nearly all exhaust system modifications are considered illegal, even where noise levels are not excessive or unusual. This policy leaves enthusiasts, exhaust system manufacturers and dealers without recourse.

For more information, visit the SEMA Action Network (SAN) website. For details, contact Steve McDonald at stevem@sema.org.

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