Vermont Exhaust Bill gets Death by Adjournment

May 19, 2016

A bill in Vermont drafted to ban motor vehicle exhaust systems that increase the noise level has died after the state legislature adjourned for the year.

The bill, introduced in 2015, was eligible for consideration in 2016 but was not considered in committee, according to SEMA. Under the measure, violators would not have passed the state’s required inspection and would have been subject to fines of up to $350.

The bill, according to SEMA, did not provide an opportunity for vehicle hobbyists to install and use aftermarket exhaust systems that meet an objective decibel limit under a fair and predictable test.