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Thanks to a new SEMA-sponsored law, California automobile hobbyists are now better equipped to fight unfair exhaust noise citations issued by state law enforcement officers. Legislation recently signed into law by Governor Gray Davis to provide for a statewide exhaust noise testing program will allow motorists to prove they comply with state noise standards.
The new law requires smog check stations that provide referee functions to perform the test. These referee stations will issue certificates of compliance for vehicles when tests of their exhaust systems demonstrate that they emit no more than 95 decibels, under Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) test procedure J1169. Only those vehicles that have received a citation for an exhaust noise violation will be permitted to submit their vehicle for the test.

The law also allows courts to dismiss citations for exhaust systems that have been tested and for which a certificate of compliance has been issued. Fees charged to motorists for the certificates of compliance will pay for the testing program.

"The new law forces compliance with an objectively measured standard in a fair and predictable test. Through this procedure, motorists who drive vehicles legally equipped with modified exhaust systems can confirm that they comply with California's exhaust noise standards," says SEMA Director of Government Affairs Steve McDonald. "For years, the enforcement policy used by police officers deemed nearly all exhaust system modifications illegal, even where the noise levels were not excessive or unusual. That policy left exhaust system manufacturers, dealers, and their customers without recourse."

Last year, Governor Davis signed into law another SEMA-sponsored bill to compel law enforcement officials to tie exhaust system noise citations to the 95-decibel limit and to make clear that aftermarket modified exhaust systems are legal if they comply with the standard. However, exhaust noise citations were still primarily prosecuted solely based on the officer's subjective judgment. The new law should improve motorists' odds of beating the ticket in court.

"Motorists who modify their vehicles for durability, appearance, and performance prefer aftermarket exhaust systems," McDonald adds. "By establishing this evenhanded testing process, this law will serve to benefit consumers who favor these state-of-the-art products, the aftermarket industry which markets them, and even police officers who are charged with enforcing the law."

SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, represents the $26 billion specialty automotive industry, and is considered an authoritative source of research data, trends, and market growth information for automakers and the specialty auto products industry. For more information, visit www.sema.org or www.enjoythedrive.com.
 

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sounds good

what i hate is the fact that we'll get pulled over for a "loud" exhaust...then 40 bikers will pass and each one is easily 10x louder then your car..and they get nothing

everyday about 30-40 bikes pass by my house..and they're so loud...even yelling won't do any good if your talking to somebody next to you...so annoying
 

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this is fine and dandy, but it won't stop the cops from pulling you over and citing you for loud exaust. you still have to go to court to present your certificate of compliance to get the ticket thrown out. then you get to do it all over again next week when another cop pulls you over. i bet you will need a new certificate for that ticket also because you could have changed something on the exaust that would make it louder than it was a week ago. just my thought.
 

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accord 4 me said:

40 bikers will pass and each one is easily 10x louder then your car..and they get nothing
i know what you mean. the freaking harly and stuff that are belt driven are way loud. they make your car freaking vibrates.
you know why they dont get tickets, because those cops ride that shit too when they are off duty.

this law is meant to stop cops from giving stupid tickets. just hope that they can read the little certificate and let you go. but i know some cops can give a rats ass about it.
 

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Sorry for the stupid question..
but if you get a ticket for a noisy exhaust, go get it tested (but put ur silencer on) and pass, will they throw out the ticket or will the cop say he pulled u over without a silencer, blah blah blah..??
(i live in Ottawa, Ontario so we dont have that law anyways)
Alex
 

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Gee, the more I hear about California and their laws, i feel as tho it is so unfair. I am hoping that these dam laws don't push to the east coast... knock on wood.
 

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I can't wait for the day I get my badge and start patrolling the streets for harlys to pullover and give them a taste of their own medicine.:D
 

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i think all of SHO should become cops....all get stationed in socal...and uhmmm....well lets just say no interrupted "gatherings";)
 
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