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Massachusetts Legislature looking to Muffle Modified Exhaust Systems

Posted in Car Tech, Cars, Emissions, Fast Cars, Ford, Honda, Mustang by will bee | August 10th, 2007 | 3 Responses |

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If you just bought that new Mustang or Civic you have been dreaming of and you are thinking of mounting up a bit more rumble to your exhaust system you might want to think twice about it if you live in Massachusetts. After enduring much stalling from Sema a law that would ban modified exhausts on cars or trucks  “which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the exhaust” has just been introduced in the Massachusets Legislature.

 There is an entire aftermarket industry that is devoted to exhaust systems. In their efforts to take on the proposed legal ban Sema has offered up the following “good side” of replacement exhaust systems as well as some points about the ambiquous language of the proposed law:

  • H.B. 3574 ignores the fact that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions.
  • H.B. 3574 does not supply law enforcement with a clear standard to enforce, allowing them to make subjective judgments on whether or not a modified exhaust system is in violation.
  • H.B. 3574 fails to recognize that aftermarket exhaust systems offer increased performance, which can make a vehicle safer by improving its ability to merge, pass, travel uphill, etc.
  • H.B. 3574 would make it difficult for hobbyists to replace factory exhaust systems with more durable, better performing options.
  • H.B. 3574 would only exclude “antique motor cars” defined as those vehicles over 25-years old which are used exclusively for exhibitions, club activities, parades, etc.

Just as there was once a legal front against Metal Music in the 1980’s, the aftermarket exhaust segment appears to have ruffled some feathers in Massachusetts. If you live in Massachusetts and you would like to have your voice heard Sema has listed the names and office numbers of all the members of the Massachusetts Legislature on their website.

Source[Sema, Jalopnik]

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3 Responses

  1. Dee says:

    What? There’s nothing wrong with a little rumble… I’m glad I don’t live there then.

  2. iLiveHere&h8it says:

    I am Late in posting, and finding out all this. My car has been garaged since the summer of 2003… Since i no longer have a work truck I broke it because i needed some wheels. I jumpstarted it today to get my inspection sticker… “NO WAY WITH THAT EXHAUST”. Hmmm any such thing as preBAN? what happened to the DB test? Capitalism is the american way, why can’t i buy a SS true Y pipe bolt-on that last longer and is cheaper than stock. I don’t get it, what if i were to buy a stock setup and paint it hot pink.. would that be considered modification and would it also be the cops perspective that hot pink is too loud. I wouldn’t be complaining too much except for the fact that my car is a late 2002, and it has 26000 miles on it, i would have gone through 2 mufflers and atleast 1 pipe, if it wasn’t SS. A car sitting around especially with salty ocean air tends to have problems with exhaust. END RANT

  3. UNFORTUNATELY THERE ISN’T A LAW IN CALIFORNIA TO PROTECT US FROM LOW MENTALITY 20 YEAR OLDS – TAHT USE THEIR CARS AS AN EXTENSION OF THEIR PERSONALITIES. i HAVE A NEIGHBOR WHO DELIBERATELY GUNS HIS CAR WHEN HE GOES BY MY HOUSE THAT IF YOUR ASLEEP IT WILL STARTLE YOU SO BAD IT WILL EFFECT YOUR HEART. bOY, HE IS SO COOL HE HAS A CAR THAT IS SO LOUD(what idiot’s are we raising in this country?) I wish I could mive to Mass.