A bill (H.B. 952) to ban the “use and sale of any exhaust pipe that increases the sound emission of any vehicle including motorcycles” has been reintroduced in the Massachusetts State Legislature by Representative Theodore Speliotis (Theodore.Speliotis@mahouse.gov). An identical bill was introduced in 2009 by the same sponsor and was set aside for study without any committee consideration.
We Urge You to Contact the Members of the Joint Transportation Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Their Opposition to H.B. 952.
- H.B. 952 ignores the fact that aftermarket exhaust systems are designed to make vehicles run more efficiently without increasing emissions.
- H.B. 952 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. 952 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. 952 would make it difficult for hobbyists to replace factory exhaust systems with more durable, better performing options.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Massachusetts Joint Transportation Committee immediately by phone or e-mail to request their opposition to H.B. 952. Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your assistance.
Massachusetts Joint Transportation Committee
Senator Thomas M. McGee - Senate Chair
Senator Jennifer L. Flanagan - Senate Vice Chair
Representative William M. Straus - House Chair
Representative Aaron M. Michlewitz - House Vice Chair
Senator Karen Spilka
Senator Michael F. Rush
Senator Brian A. Joyce
Senator Marc R. Pacheco
Senator Robert L. Hedlund
Representative James R. Miceli
Representative Carl M. Sciortino, Jr
Representative Denise Provost
Representative Timothy R. Madden
Representative Marcos A. Devers
Representative Mark J. Cusack
Representative Michael J. Finn
Representative John J. Mahoney
Representative Chris Walsh
Representative Donald H. Wong
Representative Steven S. Howitt