California on the verge of limiting exhaust noise

California is the latest state to advance a bill forbidding modified motorcycle exhaust systems that exceed federal EPA limits.

The state Senate passed SB 435, also known as the Motorcycle Anti-Tampering Act, Monday. It gives authorities the power to cite noise pollution violations under the California Vehicle Code, reinforcing federal law that is seldom enforced, according to the Los Angeles Times.

If Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signs the bill into law, riders stopped for other traffic violations could also be cited for too-noisy exhaust pipes and fined $50 to $100 for a first violation, or get it dismissed with a proof the bike was made to comply. Subsequent offenses would result in fines of $100 to $250. to sign. It would apply to motorcycles and after-market parts from the 2013 model year forward.

The Motorcycle Industry Council opposes the change, which is still less than the original bill that would have tackled emissions as well as noise.

“It is not a practical solution to address excessive motorcycle noise,” said MIC VP Pamela Arnette.

Posted by Holly Wagner at Dealer News

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