SEMA Opposes Virginia Exhaust Noise Bill

Jan 25, 2010

A bill to ban the sale of “any aftermarket exhaust system component” that would cause the vehicle to produce “excessive or unusual noise” has been introduced in the Virginia House of Delegates.

SEMA has urged lawmakers to reject the bill, which was the subject of a hearing before the House Transportation Committee.

SEMA recommended that Virginia adopt reasonable noise decibel limits for modified exhaust systems which can be verified through an easy-to-administer test standard.

In California for example, a SEMA-supported provision is made for the testing of vehicle exhaust noise to a standard adopted by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to an established noise limit of 95 decibels. To date this procedure has been enacted in California, Washington state, Maine and Montana. Follow this link to learn more about the bill.