If you just bought that new Mustang orÂ 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. AfterÂ enduring much stalling from SemaÂ a law that wouldÂ ban modified exhausts on cars or trucksÂ “which will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the exhaust” has just been introduced in the Massachusets Legislature.
Â There is an entire aftermarket industry that is devoted to exhaust systems.Â In their efforts to take on the proposedÂ legal ban Sema has offeredÂ up the followingÂ “good side” of replacement exhaust systems as well as some points about the ambiquousÂ 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 â€œantique motor carsâ€ 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.